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On November 14 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Filipos the Apostle.

Apostle Filipos is one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles, he was from Bethsaida of Galilee and was a compatriot of Andrew and Peter. He was instructed in the teachings of the Law and devoted himself to the study of the prophetic books.

The Holy and All-praised Apostle Filipos was a native of the city of Bethsaida in Galilee. He had a profound depth of knowledge of the Holy Scripture, and rightly discerning the meaning of the Old Testament prophecies, he awaited the coming of the Messiah.

Therefore, when the Lord Jesus called him to the dignity of apostleship, he immediately sought out and found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of Whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (John 1.45).

Having preached Jesus the God-man throughout many parts of Asia Minor, and having suffered many things for His Name’s sake, he was finally crucified upside down in Hierapolis of Phrygia. SAint Filipos’┬árelics were later taken to Rome. The Holy Apostle suffered in the year 86, in the time of Emperor Domitian.

There were actually two Saint Filipos’ in the Orthodox Christian Church history. This particular Saint Philip was one of the Twelve Apostles and he is referred to as Filipos the Apostle. He is one of the Apostles who was martyred while preaching about Jesus Christ.

Today is also the name day of Filipos and Filipia.

Xronia Polla.


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