St. Philip, the Deacon and Evangelist

 

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Today the church remembers Philip one of the first Deacons in the church.  Also called the Evangelist (Acts 21:8), Philip was one of the seven men appointed to assist in the work of the twelve Apostles and of the rapidly growing early church by overseeing the distribution of food to the poor (6:1–6). Following the martyrdom of Stephen, Philip proclaimed the Gospel in Samaria and led Simon the Sorcerer to become a believer in Christ (8:4–13). He was also instrumental in bringing about the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch (8:26–39), through whom Philip became indirectly responsible for bringing the Good News of Jesus to the people on the continent of Africa. In the town of Caesarea he was host for several days to the Apostle Paul, who stopped there on his last journey to Jerusalem (21:8–15).

Taken from Commemoration Biographies, found in the Lutheran Service Book and here: http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=3780

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Posted on October 11, 2010, in Commemoration of Saints and Church Figures, The Church Year. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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