Thursday, 25 July 2013

James the Apostle

James, son of Zebedee was one of the Twelve Disciples, and brother of Saint John, who were known as Boanerges or "Sons of Thunder", and together with Peter witnessed the Transfiguration. He was martyred by King Herod in 44AD (see Acts 12), and his remains, according to tradition, transferred to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which remains a popular pilgrimage destination. His emblem is the scallop shell, often worn by pilgrims on their hats or coats, possibly in memory of him having been a fisherman.

Merciful God,
whose holy apostle Saint James,
leaving his father and all that he had,
was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ
and followed him even to death:
help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,
to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Further Reading:,_son_of_Zebedee

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