Saint James is the Patron of Galicia, Spain and many other locations. He was one of the Twelves Disciples, often called “the Greater” to distinguish him from James, the brother of Jesus. The Gospels describe how OurLord Jesus Christ called St. James with his brother John as the two were fishing with their father, Zebedee. St. James, along with St. John and St. Peter was granted by our Lord to witness Him raise the daughter of Jairus from death, to see His Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and to join Him at the Garden of Gethsemane. The Saint became a martyr, having been beheaded at the hands ofKing Herod as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.
the Apostles. The Cross of Saint James’ sword-like shape and blood red colour signify the manner of his martyrdom for Christ. St. James is also associated with scallop shells, which pilgrims to his tomb in Galicia have worn since at least the 9th century A.D.
Saint James is commemorated on April 30/May 12.