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Apostle James the Just

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[[Image:jamesbrotherlord.jpg|right|frame|Saint James the Just]]Saint '''James the Just''', also called '''James Adelphos''' and '''James the Brother of Our Lord''' (died AD 62), was the first [[Bishop]] or [[Patriarch]] of [[Church of Jerusalem|Jerusalem]]. According to the ''[[Protoevangelion of James]]'', James was the son of [[Joseph the Betrothed|Joseph]]—along with the other 'brethren of the Lord' mentioned in the scripture—from a marriage prior to his betrothal to [[Theotokos|Mary]]. He wrote an [[Book of James|epistle]] which is part of the [[New Testament]]. St. James is commemorated on [[October 23]]; on [[December 26]] or and also on the first Sunday after the [[December 30Nativity#Twelve_days_of_Christmas|30Nativity]], along with [[David]] the King and St. Joseph; and on [[January 4]] among the [[Apostles#The_Seventy|Seventy Apostles]].
The ''Protevangelion of James'' (or ''Infancy Gospel of James''), a work of the 2nd century, also presents itself as written by James.
[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 4) []
:As the Lord's disciple you received the Gospel, O righteous James;
:As a martyr you have unfailing courage;
:As God's brother, you have boldness;
:As a hierarch, you have the power to intercede.
:Pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved.
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4)
:When God the Word, the Only-begotten of the Father,
:Came to live among us in these last days,
:He declared you, venerable James, to be the first shepherd and teacher of Jerusalem
:And a faithful steward of the spiritual Mysteries.
:Therefore, we all honor you, O Apostle.
==External links==
*[ "The martyrdom of James, the brother of the Lord"] Quotes from lost writings of Hegesippus in Eusebius.
*[ Flavius Josephus ''Antiquities of the Jews'' Book 20, Chapter 9]
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