Τετάρτη, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2017

From Mozambique about the Holy Apostle Philip (November 14)



Orthodox Diocese of Mozambique (& here)

He was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and a diligent student of the Law and the Prophets. When he first met Jesus, he followed Him right away and told Nathanael, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote" (John 1) After Christ's Ascension, Philip was chosen to proclaim the Gospel in Asia (the western province of Asia Minor).
He traveled with Bartholomew (commemorated June 11) and his sister Mariamne, all of them joyfully enduring great sufferings and persecutions in the Lord's service. In Hierapolis in Phrygia, they healed the Governor's wife of an eye affliction, and she believed in the Lord.
The Governor was so infuriated by this that he had Philip crucified upside-down. At the moment he gave up his soul to God, the ground opened, swallowing up a great many pagan priests and the Governor.
Many of the surviving pagans, terrified, believed in Christ and were baptized by Bartholomew. Saint Bartholomew went on to preach the Gospel in many places; Mariamne traveled to the Jordan River, where she reposed in peace.
Among the Slavic peoples, the Nativity Fast is often called Filipovka since it commences immediately after this feast.

Orthodox Diocese of Mozambique

Today's Gospel Tuesday 14 November, 2017 - For St. Philip the Apostle
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (John 1:43-51)

 At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found Him of Whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God! Thou art the King of Israel!”
Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee
For Children Click on the link to listen to the Holy Gospel: here

Please, see also

A voice from Zambia & Malawi about the Parable of the Good Samaritan! 
Nativity Fast in the Orthodox Church (& two great saints of November 15th) 
A saint in a cannibal tribe: Saint Apostle & Evangelist Matthew and holy Fulvian, king of Ethiopians (November 16) 
Saint Apostle & Evangelist Mark, from Cyrene of North Africa, the founder of the Church of Alexandria (April 25 or Tuesday after Easter)
 
Orthodox Mozambique (tag)  
Fr. Athanasios Akunda, Reflections regarding the Orthodox Church in South Africa and Mozambique

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