Friends of the Rosary:
Today, July 25th, is the Feast of St. James, the Apostle, known as Jame the Greater, to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, the Lesser. He is one of those that Jesus called Boanerges, “son of thunder.”
With Peter and John the Evangelist, his brother, he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, as later he was also of the Agony in the Garden. He was beheaded in Jerusalem in the year 42 or 43 A.D. by order of Herod of Agrippa.
Jesus foretold this kind of fate when He prophesied that James and his brother John would “drink of the same chalice” of suffering as Himself, as we read in the Gospel today.
St. James is the patron saint of Spain and of pilgrims. In northwestern Spain, he is venerated at Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrimage site that is still very popular today.
Since the ninth century, Spain has claimed the honor of possessing his relics. The pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago, “the Way of St. James” — has attracted immense crowds.
The pilgrim paths to Compostella form a network over Europe, dotted with pilgrims’ hospices and chapels.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. James the Apostle, Pray for Us!
To Jesus through Mary!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York