Commemoration for the Week

Commemoration for the Week

Monday, May 1 Philip and James, Apostles
Philip was one of the first disciples of Jesus, and called Nathanael to “come and see.” He later
responded to an Ethiopian official’s request for teaching and baptism. Little is known of James, the
son of Alphaeus, called “the Less” to distinguish him from another apostle named James.
Tuesday, May 2 Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, died 373
Best remembered for defending the teaching that Christ was fully God against those who taught
otherwise, Athanasius was an influential church leader around the time of the Council of Nicea. He
was banished from Alexandria five times for his forthright views.
Thursday, May 4 Monica, mother of Augustine, died 387
Monica was married to a pagan husband who was ill-tempered and unfaithful, but whom she
helped bring into the Christian faith. She repeated the influence on her son Augustine, who went
on to become one of the greatest church teachers.