Patron Saint James Less
Patron saint James Great

St. James the Lesser St. James the Apostle

Patronage of Saint James Lesser & Greater

When both St. James are discussed, they are referred to as the "Lesser" and the "Greater". St. The terms of "lesser" and "greater" do not signify that one saint was more prominent than the other. James the Lesser is only called as such because he became an apostle after St. James the Greater.

St. James the Greater has many patrons, such as in Spain, the pilgrimage is so wide-spread and popular that one of his emblems is a symbol of pilgrims. In Spain there are many relics there and the Spanish army used to ride into battle crying "Santiago", which means Saint James. St. James the Greater is also a patron saint against arthritis, and for blacksmiths, equestrians, horsemen, laborers, soldiers, and veterinarians.

St. James the Lesser is seen holding a club
, which symbolizes him being martyred by being stoned and hit by a club. He is a patron of many things as well, including hatmakers, pharmacists, fullers, dying people, milliners, to name a few. The pharmacists and fullers both use a club in their profession. St. James the Lesser was very dedicated to prayer, so much that his knees were as thick as a camel's hoofs.

Saint James the Greater
Died 44 at Jerusalem; stabbed with a sword by King Herod Agrippa

Memorial of St. James the Greater
25 July
formerly 5 August

Patronage if St. James the Greater

Patron saint against arthritis
patron saint against rheumatism
patron saint of Altopascio, Lucca, Italy
patron saint of Antigua, Guatemala
patron saint of apothecaries
patron saint of arthritis sufferers
patron saint of Bangued, Philippines, diocese of
patron saint of blacksmiths
patron saint of Brentino Belluno, Italy
patron saint of Chile
patron saint of Cicala, Catanzaro, Italy
patron saint of Comitini, Italy
patron saint of Compostela, Spain
patron saint of druggists
patron saint of equestrians
patron saint of furriers
patron saint of Galicia, Spain
patron saint of Gavi, Italy
patron saint of Guatemala
patron saint of Hettstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
patron saint of horsemen
patron saint of Jemez Indian Pueblo
patron saint of knights
patron saint of laborers
patron saint of Loiza, Puerto Rico
patron saint of Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina
patron saint of Montreal, Canada
patron saint of Nicaragua
patron saint of pharmacists
patron saint of pilgrims
patron saint of Pistoia, Italy
patron saint of rheumatoid sufferers
patron saint of riders
patron saint of Sahuayo, Mexico
patron saint of Seattle, Washington, archdiocese of
patron saint of soldiers
patron saint of Spain
patron saint of Spanish conquistadors
patron saint of tanners
patron saint of Tesuque Indian Pueblo
patron saint of veterinarians


Representation and Symbols of St James the Greater


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
elderly, 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

Patronage Saint James the Lesser
martyred c.62 at Jerusalem

Memorial of St James the Less
3 May

Patronage of St James the Lesser

patron saint of apothecaries
patron saint of druggists
patron saint of dying people
patron saint of Frascati, Italy
patron saint of fullers
patron saint of hatmakers
patron saint of hatters
patron saint of milliners
patron saint of Monterotondo, Italy
patron saint of Nemi, Italy
patron saint of pharmacists
patron saint of Uruguay

Representation and Symbols of St James the Lesser

fuller's club
man holding a book

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