St. James is the brother of St. John the Evangelist. They both met Jesus one fateful afternoon when they were by the seashore with their father. According to scriptures, that was when Jesus came up to them and called the two brothers to follow Him.
As stated in the New Testament, James was not just one of Jesus’ 12 Apostles, he was also one of His very first disciples. Moreover, of the 12 Apostles, James was the first to be martyred. “About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also” (Acts 12:1-3a).
St. James, also called “James the Greater,” is the patron saint of Spain. His remains are found in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. His feast day is celebrated today, July 25. (Read: Pilgrims Can Now Walk the Camino de Santiago After Lockdown)
St. James Prayer
James, man of prayer,
pray that we may listen and respond to God’s call in our lives.
James, holy apostle,
pray that we may be disciples of Jesus in word and action.
James, devoted friend of Jesus,
pray that we may be strong in our devotion to one another
James, the fisherman, patron of laborers,
pray for us in our labors and help those seeking employment
James, witness of the transfiguration of Jesus,
pray that we may see the glory of God revealed in our lives
James, compassionate teacher,
pray that we may serve one another in love.
James, faithful to God’s call,
pray for us in our efforts to live our Catholic faith.
James, comfort of the troubled,
pray for those who are suffering.
James, holy martyr,
pray that we may be prepared to accept our own death
Blessed James, may your inner spirit of peace, good work, discipleship and prayer always be an inspiration to us.
Holy Apostle, walk with us on our journey of faith. May your prayers obtain for us the wisdom to discern God’s call and the strength to endure, so that we may grow in holiness and rejoice in communion with all the saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer from allsaintslemars.org.