Philip, apostle - May 3rd
St Philip - In July of 2011 it was reported that archaeologists had discovered the original tomb of Saint Philip in Hierapolis, Denizli, Turkey.
(Relics: Rome, Italy; Florence, Italy)
First Class Relics
Santi Apostoli (Holy Apostles)
Piazza dei Santi Apostoli 51
*This church is just east of Piazza Venezia.
*Relics of St Philip and St James the Less rest within the confessio of this church. During the 6th century they were transferred from Constantinople to Rome by Pope Pelagius I (d. 561). In 1873, as excavations commenced below the central altar, their relics were unearthed. They were then carefully examined and repositioned within the confessio where they rest today.
*Also the painting above the main altar depicts the martyrdom of St Philip and St James the Less. It was completed by Domenico Maria Muratori in the early 18th century.
Duomo di Firenze (Florence Cathedral)
*Relics of the following four saints are said to be within the sacristy.
*The skull of St John Chrysostom (Acquired in 1360), an arm of St Andrew the Apostle (Acquired in the 14th century), an arm of St Philip the Apostle (Acquired in 1205), and a finger of St John the Baptist (Acquired in 1419).
*It is said that this is the same finger that St John the Baptist used to point at Jesus when he proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God.”