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Philip the Evangelist

October 11

The Holy and Glorious Apostle Philip the Evangelist was one of the Seven Deacons. This Saint Philip is not to be confused with Apostle Philip of the 12 Apostles. Philip the Evangelist was chosen as one of seven Deacons (among whom the first was the Protomartyr Stephen). He attended to the needs of the widows, the orphans, and the needy. Having lived in Samaria for some time, he converted many of their people. He also travelled all the way to Ethiopia where he converted and baptised the Queen’s eunuch. Having preached all over the Near Eastern lands, the Holy Apostle Philip reposed in peace. It is also noteworthy to mention that one of his daughters was the Unmercenary Saint Hermione who is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος γ’. Θείας πίστεως.
Θείας χάριτος, πλήρης ὑπάρχων, διηκόνησας, τὴ Ἐκκλησία, ὡς Διάκονος Τοῦ Λόγου Ἀπόστολε, θεοσημείαις δὲ θείαις χρησάμενος, τῆς Σαμαρείας τὰ πλήθη κατηύγασας. Μάκαρ Φίλιππε, Χριστὸν τὸν θεὸν ἱκέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ἠμὶν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος δ’, Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Μιμητὴς γενόμενος, τοῦ Διδασκάλου, δι’ αὐτὸν Ἀπόστολε, ταὶς τῶν Ἁγίων τῶν αὐτοῦ, χρείαις πιστῶς διηκόνησας, ὅθεν σὲ πάντες, πιστοὶ μακαρίζομεν.

Troparion — Tone 3
Filled with divine grace, / you served God the Word as a deacon of the Church, O Apostle Philip. / By the working of miracles and by signs from God / you enlightened the multitudes of Samaria. / O blessed one, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion — Tone 4
“Today You have shown forth…”
Inspired by the All-Holy Spirit, / you enlightened the entire world by your teachings and resplendent miracles, / Apostle Philip, sacred initiate.