Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity A Prayer to Saint James the Apostle Share Flipboard Email Print Peter Paul Rubens/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain Christianity Catholicism Prayers Beliefs and Teachings Tips Worship Saints Holy Days and Holidays Christianity Origins The Bible The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Denominations of Christianity Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Christian Entertainment Key Terms in Christianity Latter Day Saints View More By Scott P. Richert Catholicism Expert M.A., Political Theory, Catholic University of America B.A., Political Theory, Michigan State University Scott P. Richert is senior content network manager of Our Sunday Visitor. He has written about Catholicism for outlets including Humanitas and Catholic Answers Magazine. our editorial process Scott P. Richert Updated July 01, 2018 St. James the Apostle, sometimes referred to as St. James son of Zebedee or St. James the Greater in order to distinguish him from James son of Alphaeus and James the brother of Jesus, was one of the Twelve Apostles, and by tradition, he is considered the first Apostle to be martyred. He is the brother (probably older) of St. John the Evangelist. One of the first followers to join Jesus, James is thought to have been the eldest son from a family of relatively wealthy but uneducated fishermen. Legend suggests he had a fiery temper and a direct, impulsive nature—which possibly lead to his execution by sword ordered by Herrod the King, in about 44 CE. He is the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament. Pilgrimage St. James the Apostle is venerated by all Christians and is regarded as the patron saint of Spaniards. According to legend, St. James' remains are held in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain. Since the early medieval period, a traditional pilgrimage to St. James' grave has a been a popular act of devotion for Western European Catholics. As recently as 2014, more than 200,000 faithful completed the annual 100 km pilgrimage walk. Prayer to Saint James the Apostle In this prayer to Saint James the Apostle, the faithful ask for the strength to fight the good fight, as James did, in order to be worthy followers of Christ. O glorious Apostle, St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart wast chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor, and of His agony in Gethsemane; Thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory: obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life, that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus, we may be victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor's crown in heaven. Amen.