Today is May 1st. Can’t believe how quickly (and eventfully) April passed this year. Like life on steroids. So many happenings, both celestial and earthly.
When I say “May Day,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Hopefully it’s not a distress call by sailors and aviators. 🙂
I’ll tell you what comes first to me. May Day parades. Both in Belgrade and in Moscow’s Red Square. And the smell of Spring. La Primavera (see Vivaldi Goes Country). Rebirth. And Fun and Freedom, too. Soon, the school year will be over and the summer vacation will start.
But did you know that today is also Saint Philip Day? That’s Philip the Apostle, not the Evangelist. The former is always listed fifth among Jesus’ disciples. Since Philip, Peter and Andrew all shared a common birthplace (Bethsaida), they were among the first to be called by Jesus to follow him. Philip, in turn, recruited Bartholomew (Nathanael). And so on, and so forth…
I did not know that May 1 was the Saint Philip Day, either, until this year. It was revealed to me by the Spirit just before Easter. Which is not surprising, since I was there at the Crucifixion. One of my (ALTZAR) past life incarnations was that of Philip the Apostle. Like his teacher, he was also crucified – upside down in Hierapolis (today’s Turkey – see below). That is the event we mark today with the Feast of Saint Philip.
Well, three days ago (Apr 28), an ethereal piece of music came to me. It was the “Air on G-string” by J.S. Bach. Elizabeth thought it sounded like wedding music. To me, however, this Baroque piece came across as a solemn Requiem Mass (mass for the dead).
By the way, this was the first Bach piece that has ever come to me, at least in this lifetime. I figured there must have been a reason for it. And last night, the Spirit revealed it to me. I was to record it as a “Bach for Philip Requiem” for Saint Philip Day.
Since I had just started playing it only two days earlier, this recording is far from perfection. But I figured that timeliness was more important than the professional vanity of a musician.
So here it is now, as recorded on my Clavinova in its entirety:
And now, here’s Air on G-string: A “Bach for Philip Requiem” – recorded entirely on a Clavinova in the afternoon of 5-01-14, the Saint Philip Day:
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Following the resurrection of Jesus, Philip was sent with his sister Mariamne and Bartholomew to preach in Greece, Phrygia, and Syria. Mariamne, by the way, is identified as Mary Magdalene by the Gnostics.
According to Acts of Philip, Philip converted the wife of the Roman proconsul of the city of Hierapolis (in today’s Turkey). This enraged the proconsul, who had Philip, Bartholomew, and Mariamne all tortured. Philip and Bartholomew were then crucified upside-down. But Philip continued preaching from his cross.
As a result of Philip’s preaching, the crowd released Bartholomew from his cross. But Philip insisted that they not release him, and he died on the cross.
Another legend is that Philip was martyred by beheading in the city of Hierapolis. Philip is commonly associated with the symbol of the Latin cross in Christian symbology. Thus he is depicted as the cross holder in this by Mazzuoli at Saint John the Lateran Basilica in Rome, the official residence of the Bishop of Rome (i.e., the Pope – below).