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St James (The Greater)

Saint James The Greater

Called "The Greater" to distinguish him from the other Apostle of the same name (James The Less). The Greater was the brother of John (The Apostle Jesus loved) and one of the two sons of Zebedee, mentioned many times in the Bible.

Jesus had just called Peter and his brother Andrew at the lakeside to follow Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James, son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them and they immediately left the boat and their father and followed Him (Mt 2:21-22).

James was obviously a very special Apostle, much loved by Jesus. He was one of the only three Apostles present on Mount Tabor, when Jesus was Transfigured.

Again he was one of the only three Apostles Jesus took with Him deep into the Garden of Gethsemane, on that first Holy Thursday night when Jesus suffered immensely His Agony in the Garden.

Again he was mentioned being corrected by Jesus, when the Mother of James and John asked Jesus, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at Your right, and the other at Your left, in Your Kingdom."

"You don't know what you are asking", Jesus replied.

"Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?"

"We can", they answered.

Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from My cup, but to sit at My right or left is not for Me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by My Father." (Mt 20:20-23)

James did indeed drink of the cup that Jesus drank of, shortly after the Resurrection.

King Herod arrested some who belonged to the Church, intending to prosecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. (Acts 12:1-2)

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