St. Philip the Evangelist Anglican Church
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Who is St. Philip the Evangelist?
St. Philip the Evangelist is an important figure in the early Christian Church and should not be confused with St. Philip the Apostle and Disciple of Jesus. St. Philip the Evangelist was one of the first seven deacons of the church (a protodeacon), he was ordained by the twelve Apostles. When his fellow deacon Stephen was martyred, Philip moved to Samaria and began to preach and perform miracles among the Samaritans. His obedience to Christ's commission to take the Gospel to the Gentiles inspired the Apostles. St. Philip is also recorded evangelizing the Ethiopian Eunuch, and Simon Magus. Holy Scripture also records that St. Paul visited his home, and that St. Philip had four virgin daughters who had the gift of prophecy.
Christian tradition tells us that prior to his recorded ministry St. Philip was one of the seventy preachers that Jesus sent out. This event is recorded in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 10, and is why Philip is called an Apostle of the Seventy. He is also said to have been consecrated a Bishop by the Apostles and sent to Tralles in Asia Minor where he died in his old age.
Tradition also tells us that Philip's daughter Hermione, a propehtess, served Christ by ministering to the sick. She was assisted in this medical ministry by her sister Eukhidia. During Roman persecution of the church Hermione was arrested and beheaded, thus becoming a martyr.
St. Philip the Evangelist is sometimes called St. Philip the Deacon, and Apostle Philip of the Seventy. His feast day is commemorated on October 11th, and on June 6th in some traditions. The feast day to commemorate the Apostles of the Seventy is January 4th. Hermione is commemorated on September 4th, the day of her martyrdom.