Book of Saints – James the Greater

[Saint James the Greater]Article

(Saint) Apostle (July 25) (1st century) The son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother of Saint John the Evangelist, called with him to the Apostolate by Our Lord. From the Acts of the Apostles (12:2) we know that he was the first of the Twelve to give his life for his master, being “killed with the sword” by King Herod Agrippa (A.D. 43). Of his work during the ten years preceding we know little, save what tradition has handed down of his journey to Spain and short Apostolate in that country, of which from time immemorial he has been honoured as the Patron Saint. His body was translated to Spain, and his shrine at Compostella is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in the Christian world.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “James the Greater”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 20 October 2013. Web. 22 December 2014. <>