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Saint James the Greater


Also known as one of the Sons of Thunder, Iago, Jacobus Major ,James the More, James the son of Zebedee, Santiago

Memorial 25 July formerly 5 August

Profile Son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of Saint John the Apostle, and may have been Jesus' cousin. He is called "the Greater" simply because he became an Apostle before Saint James the Lesser. Apparent disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Fisherman. He left everything when Christ called him to be a fisher of men. Was present during most of the recorded miracles of Christ. Preached in Samaria, Judea, and Spain. First Apostle to be martyred. The pilgrimage to his relics in Compostela became such a popular devotion that the symbols of pilgrims have become his emblems, and he became patron of pilgrims. His work in Spain, and the housing of his relics there, led to his patronage of the country and all things Spanish; for centuries, the Spanish army rode to battle with the cry "Santiago!" ("Saint James!") Like all men of renown, many stories grew up around James. In one, he brought back to life a boy who had been unjustly hanged, and had been dead for five weeks. The boy's father was notified of the miracle while he sat at supper. The father pronounced the story nonsense, and said his son was no more alive than the roasted fowl on the table; the cooked bird promptly sat up, sprouted feathers, and flew away.

Died 44 at Jerusalem; stabbed with a sword by King Herod Agrippa; legend says his body was taken by angels, and sailed in a rudderless, unattended boat to Spain where a massive rock closed around it; relics at Compostela, Spain Canonized Pre-Congregation

Patronage against arthritis, against rheumatism, Altopascio, Lucca, Italy Antigua, Guatemala apothecaries ,arthritis sufferers, druggists, equestrians ,furriers ,conquistadors, tanners, Tesuque Indian Pueblo veterinarians ,

Representation cockle shell dark-bearded man holding a book ,dark-bearded man holding a scroll ,dark-bearded man holding a sword, dark-bearded man with a floppy pilgrim's hat, long staff, water bottle, and scallop ,shell e,lderly, bearded man wearing a hat with a scallop, shell ,key ,man with shells around him ,main mounted on horseback, trampling a Moor pilgrim with wallet and staff pilgrim's hat pilgrim's staff scallop shell sword


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