Sts. Philip and James the Less, Apostles
Feast day: May 3
Born in Bethsaida, Philip was one of the Twelve Apostles called by Jesus. He brought his friend, Nathaniel, to Christ. He was present at the miracle when Jesus fed the 5,000 by multiplying the loaves and fishes, and again at the Last Supper when he beseeched the Lord to “show us the Father.” James the Less, also one of the Twelve, was the son of Alphaeus, and was younger than the other Apostle of the same name, James the Great. He was believed to have been related in some way to Jesus. After the Ascension of Jesus, James became the head of the Church in Jerusalem. Sts. Philip and James share a liturgical memorial as a vestige of history. They are patrons of hatters and pharmacists. Their shared feast day is May 3 and they are patrons of hatters and pharmacists.