St James TL / St Philip

St James TL / St Philip Quick Facts - CA

AKA NameSts. Philip and James the Apostles
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2024 DateMay 3, 2024
2025 DateMay 3, 2025

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The observance of Saint Philip and Saint James the Lesser serves to commemorate two of the twelve apostles who played instrumental roles in the spread of Christianity. This day serves not just as a tribute to their faith and diligence but it also promotes a sense of unity and reverence amongst followers. To many, this observance acts as a reminder of the principles of selflessness and sacrifice, values that were strongly represented by both saints.

St. Philip is credited for his missionary work in Asia while St. James the Lesser, also known as James the Just, played a pivotal role in the early Christian church of Jerusalem. This observance, while not public, is recognised amongst Canada's Christian community which comprises approximately 67.2% of the country's population. Canadian Christians admire these saints for their dedication and commitment to the teachings of their faith. Their stories and teachings resonate in the daily lives of many Canadians, reminding them of the principles of charity, humility, and service others.

The observance of Saint Philip and Saint James the Lesser in Canada often takes place in church services and is marked with special readings, prayers, and hymns dedicated to these apostles. While this is a common practice in much of the western Christian world, the date of the observance can vary. In the Roman Catholic Church, for example, the observance is now held on May 1st. Despite this variance, the underlying purpose remains the same, remembering and honoring these two giants of Christian history for their selfless contributions to their faith.

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Facts about St James TL / St Philip

  • The mother of St James, Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for that reason, according to Jewish custom, he was sometimes called the brother of Jesus.

  • The Roman Catholic feast day of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles, is held May 3. It honors James, traditionally considered to be the brother of Jesus, and Philip, considered by scripture to be one of Jesus' earliest disciples (John: 1:43).

Top things to do in Canada for St James TL / St Philip's Day

  • Read the Epistle of James. This is a letter that addresses several problems occurring in the early church involving the rich, lack of humility, and other issues.
  • Bake a pastry in honor of St. Philip since he is the patron saint of bakers.
  • Watch The Church of St. Philip and St. James: A History, a documentary film by St. Philip and St. James Church members.
  • Visit one of the cultural celebrations held in Quebec and participate in the tradition of dancing around a Maypole on May 1st.

References and related sites Liturgical Year
Philip H. Pfatteicher: New Book of Festivals and Commemorations: A Proposed Common Calendar of Saints (Fortress Press, 2008)

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