[[image:James Son of Zebedee.JPG|frame|right|Apostle James (son of Zebedee)]]
The holy, glorious, all-laudable '''Apostle James''' was a son of Zebedee, the brother of the [[Apostle John]] and a fisherman. The Church remembers St. James on [[April 30]].
At the invitation of [[Jesus]] he left his nets to follow him and is counted among the
[[Apostles|Twelve Great Apostles ]]. Belonging to Christ's 'inner circle', James was present on Mount Tabor for Christ's [[transfiguration]] and also for his suffering in the garden of Gethsemane. Following [[Pentecost]], St. James preached in Spain and upon his return to Jerusalem the Jews would argue with him vehemently concering the [[Holy Scripture]]s. None could withstand his wisdom, however .
Seeing this the Jews slandered him before Herod and among some false witnesses there was a certain Josias. But in hearing St. James' testimony, Josias believed and was condemned to death with James. Before the axe fell, St. James embraced and kissed this repentant false witness and said, "Peace and forgiveness to you!" St. James was martyred in the year 45 AD. His body was translated to Spain where his [[relics]] continue to work miracles even to this day.
[[Troparion]] (Tone 8)
:As a soldier of the Lord you were ranked among the choir of apostles.
:Together with your brother, O James, you clung wholeheartedly to the Savior.
:With your brother you hastened after Christ, O glorious James.
:With him, you were counted worthy to behold the Lord's divine Transfiguration!
== Source ==
*St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101248 Apostle James , the Son of Zebedee] ([[OCA]])
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=36 James the Apostle & brother of St. John the Theologian] ([[GOARCH]])
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/groups/ntp02.htm Icon of Apostle James]
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