Philip and James were apostles of Jesus. The choice of Philip as a disciple is recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John’s Gospel records several conversations between Jesus and Philip, which demonstrates he was present throughout the Lord’s public ministry.
James, the son of Alphaeus (called ‘James the Less’ because he was younger than the other apostle James) is mentioned in Mark and in Acts, and is the author of the canonical epistle. According to historians, he was a Christian of high repute and died a martyr’s death by stoning about the year 62.
Both men were patron saints of hatters; St. Philip is also the patron of pastry chefs, while St. James is a patron of druggists.