Feast day: July 25
When did St. James the Greater live: first century
James was born as the son of Zebedee and Salome and his brother was John the Apostle. He was one of the first disciples who joined Jesus. According to the bible, James witnessed Jesus desperation in the garden Getsemani before his crucifixion and was the first apostle to be martyred. He was executed with a sword during the reign of Herodes Agrippa I. Numerous legends about James the Greater are known nowadays, especially in Spain. There, the Way of St. James has became a very famous pilgrimage route that ends in the Cathedeal of Santiago de Compostela where his remains are buried.
Patronage: St. James the Greater is patron saint of the laborers and of Spain, of pharmacists, of warriors, hat-makers, pilgrims and for apples and good weather.
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. James the Greater- portrayal, imagery and embelm: St. James the Greater is shown as an apostle with hat, walking stick and a letter.