Philip, one of the twelve apostles, born in Bethsaida, died probably at Hierapolis in Phry-gia. Being a townsman of Peter and Andrew, he was also probably a disciple of John the Baptist. He is mentioned as 'the fourth called by Christ to the apostleship; he was the first to whom Christ said, "Follow me;" and his name is fifth in the list of the apostles. He is mentioned in connection with the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (John vi.), and with the introduction of strangers to Jesus at the feast of the passover in Jerusalem (John xii. 20-22). He said to Jesus (John xiv. 8): " Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us." He was with the assembled apostles on the day of the resurrection, at the ascension, and on the day of Pentecost. The Acts of the Apostles do not say where Philip preached the gospel. Theodoret and Eusebius affirm that it was in Phrygia. Clement of Alexandria mentions his having a wife and three daughters; and Polycrates, bishop of Ephesus, says he died peacefully at Hierapolis. The Acta Philippi is wholly apocryphal. Philip the Apostle has been confounded with Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven deacons mentioned in Acts vi.

The feast of St. Philip, together with that of St. James, is celebrated by the Latin church on May 1, and by the Greek church on Nov. 14.