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St. James the Greater

Saint James the Greater - Apostle and Martyr
Born: 1 A.D., Bethsaida, Galilee
Died: 44 A.D. in Judea
Honored in: All Christianity
Canonized: Pre-Congregation
Major shrine: Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain)
Feast: 25 July - (Western Christianity)
30 April - (Eastern Christianity)
30 December - (Hispanic Church)
Attributes: Scallop, Pilgrim's hat
Patronage: Places Acoma Pueblo, Sahuayo, Santiago de Querétaro, Galicia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Guayaquil, Spain, etc.
Professions: Veterinarians, equestrians, furriers, tanners, pharmacists


---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

James -
(1.) Saint James the Greater - The son of Zebedee and Salome; an elder brother of John the apostle. He was one of the twelve. He was by trade a fisherman, in partnership with Peter (Matthew 20:20; Matthew 27:56). With John and Peter he was present at the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1; Mark 9:2), at the raising of Jairus's daughter (Mark 5:37), and in the garden with our Lord (Mark 14:33). Because, probably, of their boldness and energy, he and John were called Boanerges, i.e., "sons of thunder." He was the first martyr among the apostles, having been beheaded by King Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:1, Acts 12:2), A.D. 44. (Compare Matthew 4:21; Matthew 20:20).

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