July 25, May 2 – Saint James the Greater, Patron Saint of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Saint James the Greater, Patron Saint of Guatemala (Feast Date: July 25)

Extract from SAINT JAMES the GREATER, Apostle, Patron of Spain (†44):  “Faith, burning, impetuous and outspoken, the straightforwardness of the true Israelite, were visible in him; but these qualities needed purifying before the ‘Son of Thunder’ could proclaim the Gospel of peace. It was James who suggested fire from heaven to consume the inhospitable Samaritans, and who sought a place of honor beside Christ in His kingdom. . . . He went to Spain after the death of Our Lord, and remained there for nine years, according to tradition. The famous Basilica of Saint James of Compostello, one of the most frequented pilgrimage sites of Europe, the site also of countless miracles, commemorates the memory of the nation’s beloved Apostle. In the year 44 Saint James, who was at that time in Jerusalem, was brought before King Herod Agrippa. The Apostle had been preaching fearlessly there, curing the sick and the blind, and delivering possessed persons. Two magicians were sent by the authorities to stop his doings by their charms, but both were converted. . . . The Apostle won the three crowns of heroism: he is a Doctor par excellence of the Faith, he was the first Apostle to be martyred, and according to Saint Epiphanus and other historians, he always conserved his virginity.  A Spanish author by the name of Tamayo reports fifteen different apparitions of Saint James to the kings and princes of Spain, followed each time by some specific assistance for the benefit of the land.”  See PICTURES of Saint James the Greater.  See also:  SAINT JAMES THE GREATER, APOSTLE (EN), Santiago el mayor ApóstoI Año 44 (SP), San Giacomo il Maggiore Apostolo e martire (IT), SAINT JACQUES le MAJEUR (FR),  Święty Jakub Starszy, Apostoł (PO). VIDEOS: Rev. Fr. Kloster on St. James the Greater,  A comic on the life of Saint James becomes a big hit, San Giovanni, Apocalisse (prima parte). PRAYER TO SAINT JAMES,THE APOSTLE.

Saint James the Greater, Patron Saint of Medjugorge, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Feast Date: July 25)

Extract from St. James: “This James is the brother of John the Evangelist. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with their father in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had already called another pair of brothers from a similar occupation: Peter and Andrew. ‘He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him’ (Mark 1:19-20). James was one of the favored three who had the privilege of witnessing the Transfiguration, the raising to life of the daughter of Jairus and the agony in Gethsemani.. . . ”  See PICTURES of St. James the Greater.  See also: James, son of Zebedee (Multilingual)ST. JAMES THE GREATER (EN), The Confraternity of Saint James (EN), Santiago Mayor, Apóstol (SP), San Giacomo il Maggiore (IT), SAINT JACQUES le MAJEUR (FR), Święty Jakub Starszy, Apostoł (PO).  VIDEOS: St. James the GreaterSaint James the Greater, Apostle (July 25)Jul 25 – Homily: St James the Greater, BIOGRAFIA – Santiago el Mayor, Apóstol – 25 JULIOSan Giacomo Apostolo e Santiago de Compostela – 25 luglio.

Saint James the Greater, Patron Saint of Nicaragua (Feast Date: July 25)

Extract from St. James the Greater: “James had no indication that it was the day that his life would change. The dawn for him was not the bright beginning of a new day, but the end of long fruitless night of fishing. As James sat mending his nets in the boat with his brother John and his father Zebedee, he must have watched in wonder as his partner Simon brought in nets loaded with fish he had caught at the command of Jesus. James did drink of the cup Jesus drank of, all too shortly after the Resurrection. Acts 12:1 tells us that James was one of the first martyrs of the Church. King Herod Agrippa I killed him with a sword in an early persecution of the Church. There is a story that the man who arrested James became a convert after hearing James speak at his trial and was executed with him. James is called James the Greater because another younger apostle was named James. He should not be accused with this James, or the James who is a relative of Jesus, or the James who was an elder of the Church in Jerusalem and heard Peter’s defense of baptizing Gentiles. James, son of Thunder, was dead by then.” See picture of Saint James the Greater.

Saint James the Greater, Patron Saint of Nicaragua (Feast Date: July 25)

Extract from Saint James the Greater) “Son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of Saint John the Apostle, and may have been Jesus’ cousin. He is called “the Greater” simply because he became an Apostle before Saint James the Lesser. Apparent disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Fisherman. He left everything when Christ called him to be a fisher of men. Was present during most of the recorded miracles of Christ. Preached in Samaria, Judea, and Spain. First Apostle to be martyred. Died at 44 in Jerusalem; stabbed with a sword by King Herod Agrippa; legend says his body was taken by angels, and sailed in a rudderless, unattended boat to Spain where a massive rock closed around it; relics at Compostela, Spain.”


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. James the Greater on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Guatemala Massacre -Decapitations (May 15, 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 23 – June 5, 2011.

Flooding in Bosnia (Winter, 2010-1011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 17 – January 30, 2011.

Hurricane Ida in Nicaragua (November 5, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions (November 9 – November 22, 2009).

Flooding in Nicaragua (October, 2008) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 13 – October 26, 2008.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,

make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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