Galilee (first century AD–AD 80)
Patron: pastry chefs, jockeys and horsemen, Uruguay, Luxembourg
Feast day: May 3
Little is known about Saint Philip, other than he was with the other 11 Apostles for the Last Supper, for the Ascension, and for Pentecost. A Galilean from Bethsaida, Philip was probably a disciple of John the Baptist before being called to follow Jesus. He introduced Nathaniel (also known as Bartholomew) to Jesus and is the one who said to Christ, “Show us the Father,” to which he responded, “Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8–9).
He was present at the miracle of the loaves and fishes as Jesus directly asks him, “Where are we to buy bread so as to feed them [the five thousand]?” Philip replies, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough” (John 6:5,7). Philip is believed to have traveled to Ephesus in present-day Turkey and to Phrygia and Hierapolis in present-day Greece, where he was martyred and buried. He was crucified upside down under the reign of Emperor Domitian.
In the seventh century, his relics were transferred to the Basilica of the Apostles in Rome, where they are venerated today. His name means lover of horses, and so he is the patron saint of jockeys, horse breeders, and horseback riders.
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