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Wordless Wednesday: Saint Philip, Apostle

By November 18, 2009

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A stained-glass window of Saint Philip, Apostle, in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Rockford, Illinois. (Photo © Scott P. Richert)

(Photo © Scott P. Richert)

We've got not one but two contests this Wordless Wednesday. For regular readers of the Catholicism GuideSite, the first one should be easy: Since Saint Philip shares a May 3 feast day with Saint James the Lesser in the Roman calendar, why did I post this stained-glass window of Saint Philip today?

The second contest this week will be familiar: Identify as many traditional symbols of Saint Philip as you can in this stained-glass window, and then briefly explain the reason why each is identified with Saint Philip. In next week's Wordless Wednesday post, I'll acknowledge the commenter who identifies and explains the most symbols, as well as the commenter who explains why I posted this image of Saint Philip when I did.

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November 18, 2009 at 8:26 am
(1) fickleinpink says:

churches with lots of stained glass windows are beautiful!

have a great day!
come and visit my Wednesday contribution if you have the time!

November 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm
(2) Crochet says:

Intriguing questions. Here are my guesses:

a) I don’t know, and
b) I don’t know

but those colors in the stained glass are amazing! Thanks for sharing the photo.

Perhaps I will check back and see if anyone else has been able to figure it out…

Happy Wordless Weds, all.

November 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm
(3) Rob says:

Philip’s feast day in the Orthodox faith is on November 14.

As for what we are seeing here…. it looks like the Tau is above his head (Philip has a Greek name of course and in John, a bunch of Greeks go to Philip to ask him to see if he can introduce Jesus to them). He does not have a beard-I don’t know why but my old high school teacher used to tell me that he was the youngest Apostle next to John. I always associate Philip with the loaves and the fish due to his prominent role in the feeding miracle.

November 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm
(4) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

hmm I see sun , possibly clouds, a (Roman) helmet and spear. possibly armor he is standing on and what appears to be a bamboo cross or staff but probably isn’t (bamboo) I’m guessing perhaps the spear and cross have to do with the crucifixion. And of course there is a heart on is chest which I would associate with compassion. These are fascinating artistic interpretations.

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