Feast of Saint James the Greater




Saint James , James the Greater , brother of John, son of Zebedee:

James was one of the first to be called by Christ with his brother and were known as the Sons of Thunder and fishermen like their father. James was likely uneducated in rabbinical studies and had exposure to the Greek culture that was common around Galilee. His fiery temper was cultured by his background as a fishermen of the Sea of Galilee: these people were a hardworking group and faithful supporters of Israel. James and his brother carried this ethic into their discipleship with Christ. These brothers were passionate about all they did. Saint James and his brother John, along with Peter and Andrew were the first called by Christ and was a member of “the inner circle.” James witnessed the raising of Jairus’ daughter , the Transfiguration , the agony in the Garden .

It was James mother that said “Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom” , though they were still unsure off the true nature of that kingdom at that time. James(and his brother John) told Jesus they would be willing to drink the chalice that He drinks of, and to be baptized with the baptism of His suffering . Jesus assured them that they will share His sufferings and Saint James was martyred 14 years later by  Herod Agrippa I.Herod was adamant about pleasing the Jewish citizens of his district &  The rapid growth of Christianity was creating friction amongst the Jewish community. With James being such a fiery leader of that Christian community, Herod martyred James by the sword in AD44.

Saint James is the Patron Saint of Spain, it is thought he preached there. According to legend his remains are buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. One of the oldest  and most important pilgrimages is “the way of James”: “El Camino de Santiago”


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