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St. James the Greater Prayer Card

Item Number: 13061

Catalog Code: 300-179

James the Greater Prayer Card

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This beautiful laminated holy card of St. James the Greater shows the saint carrying a staff and a book.  He is the patron of laborers and his feast day is July 25.  On the back of the card is the following prayer:

O Glorious St. James, because of your fervor and generosity, Jesus chose you to witness His glory on the Mount and his agony in the garden.  Obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending struggles of this life.  Help us to follow Christ constantly and generously, to be victors over all our difficulties, and to receive the crown of glory in heaven.





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H x W: 
4 1/4"  (10.7 cm) x 2 1/2"  (6.35 cm)

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St. James Paper Prayer Cards wit ($30.00)


St. James The Greater

St. James The Greater Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/25
Tridentine Calendar - 08/05

Patron Of: Canada, Apothecaries, Philippines, Druggists, Pharmacists, Soldiers, Arthritis, Blacksmiths, Chile, Laborers, Pilgrims, Rheumatism, Tanners, Veterinarians, Germany

Son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of Saint John the Apostle, and may have been Jesus' cousin. He is called "the Greater" simply because he became an Apostle before Saint James the Lesser. Apparent disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Fisherman. He left everything when Christ called him to be a fisher of men. Was present during most of the recorded miracles of Christ. Preached in Samaria, Judea, and Spain. First Apostle to be martyred.

The pilgrimage to his relics in Compostela became such a popular devotion that the symbols of pilgrims have become his emblems, and he became patron of pilgrims. His work in Spain, and the housing of his relics there, led to his patronage of the country and all things Spanish; for centuries, the Spanish army rode to battle with the cry "Santiago!" ("Saint James!")

Like all men of renown, many stories grew up around James. In one, he brought back to life a boy who had been unjustly hanged, and had been dead for five weeks. The boy's father was notified of the miracle while he sat at supper. The father pronounced the story nonsense, and said his son was no more alive than the roasted fowl on the table; the cooked bird promptly sat up, sprouted feathers, and flew away.

44 at Jerusalem; stabbed with a sword by King Herod Agrippa; legend says his body was taken by angels, and sailed in a rudderless, unattended boat to Spain where a massive rock closed around it; relics at Compostela, Spain

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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