July 25, on the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar, is the feast day of St. James the Apostle, who is the patron saint of our parish.
St. James, often referred to as “the Major” or “the Greater” was the brother of the Apostle St. John the Evangelist. St. James and St. John were the two sons of Zebedee, and both worked with their father in the fishing business when Jesus called them to follow Him.
St. James, along with St. John and St. Peter the Apostle, were specifically chosen by Christ to witness Jarius’ daughter raised from the dead, to witness the Transfiguration of Our Lord, and to be close to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemene.
St. James was the first of the Apostles to suffer martyrdom by decapitation, by order of Herod Agrippa I, in the year 44 A.D.
St. James is the patron saint of pilgrims, and patron saint of Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. St. James, pray for us!