Feast of St. James the Great
Feast of St. James the Less

St. James the Apostle also known as St James the Great

The Feast Day for Both St. James the Greater and St. James the Lesser

Feast Day of Saint James the Greater
July 25th Western Church
April 30th Eastern Church

Feast Day of St. James the lesser
May 3rd Western Church
October 9th Eastern Church

Both St. James the Great and St. James the less have a St. James Feast Day that is dedicated to honoring each man. St. James the Greater has a Feast Day dedicated to him on July 25th of each year for the Western church, and April 30th for the Eastern church. St. James the Lesser has Feast Days dedicated to him on May 3rd in the Western church since 1969, and October 9th for the Eastern church. St. James the Lesser also shares a Feast Day with St. Philip.

Part of the legend states that a Portuguese man was riding his horse on the beach and the horse plunged into the sea with the man still on the horse's back. The man suddenly emerged from the sea with scallops shells all over him, which is one of the symbols for St. James the Great. St. James the Great was a fisherman by trade, which is where Jesus met up with him and instructed James and his brother John to follow him. St. James the Great is the Patron Saint of Spain, blacksmiths, tanners, veterinarians, as well as equestrians. His depiction consists of James on horseback with cockleshells, a sword, and a pilgrim hat.

Saint James Feast Day in Spain
is a national holiday where the Spanish celebrate in St. James' honor. There are many different traditions that have been formed in some of the countries. For instance, in England, it is customary to eat oysters, and proclaim that anyone who eats the oyster will not want for anything. In France, they eat scallops instead of an oyster.

While St. James the Great was handpicked by Jesus himself to follow him,
St. James the Less was related to Jesus in that St. James' mother, Mary, was Jesus' mother's sister, Mary. It is also thought that St. James' mother, Mary, was at the crucifix when Jesus died. St. James the Less was called to the apostleship during Jesus' second year of preaching.

St. James the Less was the first Bishop of Jerusalem
and served the church for 30 years. He was so devoted to prayer that his knees and forehead were hardened, such as that of a camel's hoofs. He was martyred in the name of God in 62 A.D. and prayed up to God for the forgiveness of his murderers while he was being stoned to death. The last hit that actually killed him was from a club, which is now used in his depiction.

A Feast of St. James the Less, or as he's sometimes referred to as James the Just, due to his abstinence from drinking wine, eating meat, never cut his hair and did not anoint himself. The last act to respecting St. James the Less in the church was that he was a Jewish Christian put to death by the Jews.


 

 



 

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