St. James the brother of St. Evangelist, son of Zebedee was called "The Greater" to distuinguish him from the other apostle of the same name surnamed "The Less" because he was the younger. St. James the Greater was by birth a Galilean and by trade a fisherman with his father and brother, living probably at Betsaida where St. Peter also dwelt at that time. Jesus walking by the Lake of Genesareth saw Peter and Andrew fishing, and He called them to come after Him, promising to make them fishers of men. Going a little further on the shore, He saw two brothers, James and John in a boat, with Zebedee, their father, mending their nets and He also called them; they left their nets and their father and followed Him.
James was among those apostles who were with Jesus during the cure of Peter's mother-in-law, raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead, the glorious transfiguration of Jesus and His agony in the innermost recesses of the garden of Gethsemane. According to oriental tradition, he also made an evangelizing spirit to Spain.
He was also the first among the apostles who had the honour to follow his Divine Master by martyrdom (beheading) which he suffered at Jerusalem under King Herod Agrippa I, who inaugurated a persecution of Christians in order to please the Jews in 44 A.D. (cf. Acts 12:1-2).
Feast: July 25
VICARIATE OF PLARIDEL
St. James the Apostle
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