Feast of St. Philip, Deacon and Evangelist (October 11)   8 comments

Above:  Beginning of a Procession at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia

(The website of the cathedral, named after St. Philip the Deacon, is here: http://www.stphilipscathedral.org/)

He Obeyed God

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The Assigned Readings for This Feast:

Isaiah 53:7-11

Psalm 67

Acts 8:26-40

Matthew 28:18-20

The Collect:

Holy God, no one is excluded from your love, and your truth transforms the minds of all who seek you: As your servant Philip was led to embrace the fullness of your salvation and to bring the stranger to Baptism, so give us all the grace to be heralds of the Gospel, proclaiming your love in Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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St. Philip the Deacon appears in the Acts of the Apostles.  Acts 6:1-7 lists St. Philip as one of the original seven deacons, along with Stephen, Prochorus, Nicanonr, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus of Antioch. And in Acts 8:26-40 St. Philip explained scriptures to an Ethiopian eunuch, whom he baptized close to the Jerusalem-Gaza road.  Afterward the saint continued to preach the gospel as far as Caesarea.

The noteworthy part of the brief narrative of this saint comes from Acts 8:39:  “…Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the Lord…” (The Jerusalem Bible).  St. Philip went where God took him.  That is a fine way to go down in history.

Where is God taking you?  And what are you supposed to do there?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 13, 2010

THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C

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