Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 5)

In the Roman Canon, after Andrew, we find James.  In fact, we find James twice in the Roman Canon, but it’s not the same James.  The James listed first in the Canon is James the Greater (Major), and is a brother of St. John.

Peter, James (the Greater), and John were distinguished and privileged by the lord above the other Apostles, because these three alone Jesus took with Him when he raised the daughter of Jairus to life again.  It was these same three Apostles who witnessed the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and it was these three who were with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

After the Resurrection of Jesus, James preached in Judea and Samaria, then going to Spain.  James the Greater was the first of the Apostles to be Martyred, only a few years after the Resurrection, and his remains were carried to, and still rest at Santiago de Compostella in Spain.  A great many pilgrims make the long walking journey to visit every year.

St. James, pray for us!

For the Greater Glory of God,

Fr. Matt