Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Greetings in the Name of our Crucified and Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, May 1, 2020 is the Feast Day when the Christian Church recognizes Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles.

This post is the second of what I hope is many devoted to the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.

Saint Philip is remembered as the Apostle who in John’s Gospel brings Jews and Greeks to Jesus.  He is said to have journeyed to Phrygia where he was martyred.

Saint James the Younger or the Lesser (son of Alphaeus, whose mother Mary was at the crucifixion) is the Apostle who is said to have martyred by being sawn in half.

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  Alleluia.”  It is from John 14:6.  The focus for your devotion this day is “Lord, show us the Father (14:8).”

Old Testament:         Isaiah 30:18-21

Psalm:                        Psalm 36:5-12 (antiphon v. 8)

Epistle:                       Ephesians 2:19-22

Gospel:                       John 14:1-14

The hymn appointed for this day is “Christ Be My Leader” as found on page 861 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJk-yJJUQrc

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, Your Son revealed Himself to Philip and James and gave them the knowledge of everlasting life.   Grant us perfectly to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the way, the truth, and the life, and steadfastly to walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

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