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St James, the Greater

Born: 5 BC Bethsaida

Died: 44 AD Jerusalem

First Apostle Martyred


A reading of the holy Gospel according to MT 20:20-28

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


“My chalice you will indeed drink..."

St James was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He was the son of Zebedee and Simone who asked Jesus for her sons, James and John, be seated next to Him in heaven. St James, indeed, drank the Chalice of Jesus Christ.

He preached in Spain. He was beheaded by King Herod of Agrippa to appease the Jewish people who opposed Christianity. His remains or relics were transferred to Galicia, Spain.

Reliquary of St James

His shrine in Compostela has become the greatest pilgrimage center in Western Europe.

Pope Alexander VI officially declared the Camino de Santiago to be one of the three great pilgrimages of Christendom alongside Jerusalem and Rome.

There are many roads or routes from different European countries leading to Compostela. Many pilgrims have travelled these roads for spiritual growth in search of God.

Perhaps next year our 17th PAPA benefit of a pilgrimage may be to Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

God bless you


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