In the Roman Canon, after Thomas, we find James the Less.
St. James, the Less (Minor), being a relative of the Lord, is called His brother. With
Saints Peter and John, he is designated by St. Paul as a “Pillar” of the Church. He is the
only Apostle who did not preach the Gospel to the Gentiles; James was raised by St.
Peter to be the first Bishop of Jerusalem. On account of his piety and austerity James
was surnamed “the Just” and highly esteemed even by the Jews.
Because of his courageous confession of the divinity of Christ, he was thrown down
from the battlements of the Temple. He was still able to rise to his knees, but the crowd
attacked him with stones, and a fuller gave him the death-blow by hitting him on the
head with his club, such as was used in dressing cloth (between AD 60-64). The fuller’s
club is his distinctive mark. His feast occurred originally on May 1, but was transferred
by Pope Pius XII to May 11 in favor of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
St. James, pray for us!
For the Greater Glory of God,