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Saints Philip & James, Apostles
Saint Philip - Abrecht Dürer, tempera on canvas (1516)
(Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)
Isti sunt viri sancti, quos elegit Dominus in caritate non ficta, ed dedit illis gloriam sempiternam, Alleluia.
The Lord chose these holy men for their unfeigned love, and gave them eternal glory. Alleluia.
O God, who gladden us each year
with the feast day of the Apostles Philip and James,
grant us, through their prayers,
a share in the Passion and Resurrection
of your Only Begotten Son,
so that we may merit to behold you for eternity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.
First reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Now I would remind you, brethen, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast -- unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brethen at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.
Gospel readings: John 14:6-14
Jesus said to Thomas, "I am the way, and truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; henceforth you know Him and have seen Him."
Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works that these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever, you ask in My name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
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