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JAMES was the son of Zebedee and Salome. His younger brother was John the Evangelist. He is called "the greater" because be was called to be an Apostle before the other Apostle James.

When John the Baptist pointed out Christ on the Jordan. James followed his brother John to the Messias and began his life of devotion and love. He was with Jesus at the wedding feast of Cana. When Jesus told the disciples that He would make them "fishers of men," James left his nets and everything else to follow our Lord.

On the day of the Transfiguration, Peter, James and John were present. Our Lord took them with Him into the Garden of Olives.

Jesus called James a "son of thunder" because of the flaming, great love of his soul for the Master.

James preached the Gospel in Samaria and Judea. He also made a journey to Spain, and is honored as the patron saint of that country. He was the first of the Apostles to give his life for Christ, having been killed with the sword by King Herod Agrippa in the year 43.

Almighty and ever living God, through the blood of St. James You consecrated the first fruits of the ministry of Your Apostles. Grant that Your Church may be strengthened by his confession and always enjoy his patronage.

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