MAY DAY IS ALSO SAINT PHILIP DAY
Today is May 1. 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. 🙂
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 the spring of 2014. 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, on April 28, 2014, 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 sounded like 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 on April 30, 2014, I realized that 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 perfect. But I figured that timeliness was more important than the professional vanity of a musician.
And now, here’s Air on G-string: “Bach for Philip Requiem” – recorded entirely on my Arizona Clavinova in the afternoon of 5-01-14, the Saint Philip Day:
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ABOUT PHILIP THE APOSTLE
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).