Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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Γιορτάζω, γιορτάζω, μ' ακούτε που το φωνάζω...

It's my Saint's Day today—or would be, if I were Greek Orthodox.

Apparently, it'd be on the 3rd of May if I were Roman Catholic, and I don't know where Lutherans put it. I find this a little confusing, since as I understand it, a saint's feast is on the anniversary of his death. Now Philip was one of the original twelve apostles, so he lived well before the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches split apart (...he says, trying to avoid saying who split off from whom), so if his day was celebrated back then, they should be able to agree on a date.

Nevertheless, since I first came into much contact with saints' feast days in Greece (where one's Name Day may be more important than one's birthday in terms of celebrating), I pick the 14th of November for my Name Day.

The reading for St. Philip's day is:

Πράξεις η' 26–39

Άγγελος δε κυρίου ελάλησεν προς Φίλιππον λέγων· ανάστηθι και πορεύου κατά μεσημβρίαν επί την οδόν την καταβαίνουσαν από Ιερουσαλήμ εις Γάζαν, αύτη εστίν έρημος. και αναστάς επορεύθη. και ιδού ανήρ Αιθίοψ ευνούχος δυνάστης Κανδάκης βασιλίσσης Αιθιόπων, ός ην επί πάσης της γάζης αυτής, ός εληλύθει προσκυνήσων εις Ιερουσαλήμ, ην τε υποστρέφων και καθήμενος επί του άρματος αυτού και ανεγίνωσκεν τον προφήτην Ησαΐαν. είπεν δε το πνεύμα τω Φιλίππω· πρόσελθε και κολλήθητι τω άρματι τούτω. προσδραμών δε ο Φίλιππος ήκουσεν αυτού αναγινώσκοντος Ησαΐαν τον προφήτην και είπεν· άρά γε γινώσκεις ά αναγινώσκεις; ο δε είπεν· πώς γαρ αν δυναίμην εάν μή τις οδηγήσει με; παρεκάλεσέν τε τον Φίλιππον αναβάντα καθίσαι συν αυτώ. η δε περιοχή της γραφής ήν ανεγίνωσκεν ην αύτη·

ως πρόβατον επί σφαγήν ήχθη

και ως αμνός εναντίον του κείραντος αυτόν άφωνος,

ούτως ουκ ανοίγει το στόμα αυτού.

Εν τη ταπεινώσει αυτού η κρίσις αυτού ήρθη·

την γενεάν αυτού τίς διηγήσεται;

ότι αίρεται από της γης η ζωή αυτού.

αποκριθείς δε ο ευνούχος τω Φιλίππω είπεν· δέομαί σου, περί τίνος ο προφήτης λέγει τούτο; περί εαυτού ή περί ετέρου τινός; ανοίξας δε ο Φίλιππος το στόμα αυτού και αρξάμενος από της γραφής ταύτης ευηγγελίσατο αυτού τον Ιησούν. ως δε επορεύοντο κατά την οδόν, ήλθον επί τι ύδωρ, καί φησιν ο ευνούχος· ιδού ύδωρ, τί κωλύει με βαπτισθήναι; και εκέλευσεν στήναι το άρμα και κατέβησαν αμφότεροι εις το ύδωρ, ό τε Φίλιππος και ο ευνούχος, και εβάπτισεν αυτόν. ότε δε ανέβησαν εκ του ύδατος, πνεύμα κυρίου ήρπασεν τον Φίλιππον και ουκ είδεν αυτόν ουκέτι ο ευνούχος, επορεύετο γαρ την οδόν αυτού χαίρων.

Ιωάννης α' 43–51

Τη επαύριον ηθέλησεν εξελθείν εις την Γαλιλαίαν και ευρίσκει Φίλιππον. και λέγει αυτώ ο Ιησούς· ακολούθει μοι. ην δε ο Φίλιππος από Βηθσαϊδά, εκ της πόλεως Ανδρέου και Πέτρου. ευρίσκει Φίλιππος τον Ναθαναήλ και λέγει αυτώ· όν έγραψεν Μωϋσής εν τω νόμω και οι προφήται ευρήκαμεν, Ιησούν υιόν του Ιωσήφ τον από Ναζαρέτ. και είπεν αυτώ Ναθαναήλ· εκ Ναζαρέτ δύναταί τι αγαθόν είναι; λέγει αυτώ ο Φίλιππος· έρχου και ίδε. είδεν ο Ιησούς τον Ναθαναήλ ερχόμενον προς αυτόν και λέγει περί αυτού· ίδε αληθώς Ισραηλίτης εν ώ δόλος ουκ έστιν. λέγει αυτώ Ναθαναήλ· πόθεν με γινώσκεις; απεκρίθη Ιησούς και είπεν αυτώ· προ του σε Φίλιππον φωνήσαι όντα υπό την συκήν είδόν σε. απεκρίθη αυτώ Ναθαναήλ· ραββί, συ ει ο υιός του θεού, συ βασιλεύς ει του Ισραήλ. απεκρίθη Ιησούς και είπεν αυτώ· ότι είπόν σοι ότι είδόν σε υποκάτω της συκής, πιστεύεις; μείζω τούτων όψη. και λέγει αυτώ· αμήν αμήν λέγω υμίν, όψεσθε τον ουρανόν ανεωγότα και τους αγγέλους του θεού αναβαίνοντας και καταβαίνοντας επί τον υιόν του ανθρώπου.

Acts 8:26–39

But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise, and go toward the south to the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a desert.”

He arose and went; and behold, there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship. He was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

The Spirit said to Philip, “Go near, and join yourself to this chariot.”

Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

He said, “How can I, unless someone explains it to me?” He begged Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this,

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter.

As a lamb before his shearer is silent,

so he doesn’t open his mouth.

In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away.

Who will declare His generation?

For his life is taken from the earth.”

The eunuch answered Philip, “Who is the prophet talking about? About himself, or about someone else?”

Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached to him Jesus. As they went on the way, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Behold, here is water. What is keeping me from being baptized?”

He commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, and the eunuch didn’t see him any more, for he went on his way rejoicing.

John 1:43–51

On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

Nathanael said to him, “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, you are the Son of God! You are King of Israel!”

Jesus answered him, “Because I told you, ‘I saw you underneath the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these!” He said to him, “Most certainly, I tell you, hereafter you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

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