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Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem

 

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23 October and Sunday after the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ - (Commemoration of the Holy and Just Man Joseph, spouse of The Theotokos; of James, brother of the Lord; and of David, the King and Prophet) St. James the Apostle, the Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem, strenthened the Church in Jersusalem.

St. James the Apostle, the Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem,wrote one Epistle.

He suffered martyrdom at a very advanced age in 62 AD, being thrown from the parapet of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Biography

The parentage of Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem is not certain.
According to some Oriental Church Fathers, James is the son of "Cleophas" or "Clopas" (also called "Alpheus") and Mary. Cleophas or Clopas was the brother of St. Joseph, the foster father or step father of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary was the first cousin of The Theotokos. In that culture, the word "brother" refered to full blood brothers, half brothers, step brothers, and first cousins.

According to some Oriental Church Fathers, Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem is the full blood brother of Saint Simon the Apostle and of Saint Jude or Thaddeus the Apostle.

According to some Oriental Church Fathers, St James the Apostle, the Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem is same person as James, son of Alpheus, who was one of the original twelve Apostles. Other Oriental Church Fathers believe that these two James are two different people..

Name

Many Oriental Church Fathers believe that St James the Apostle, the Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem is same person as James, son of Alpheus. Then, St James the Apostle, the Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem is also called Holy Hieromartyr James the Lesser.

Apostolic See of Jerusalem

According to tradition, Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord is connected with the establishment of the Apostolic See of Jerusalem and was its first Bishop.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

KONTAKION (TONE 4)
When in the fullness of time God the Word, the only-begotten Son of the Father, came down to us, He established you, admirable James, as the First shepherd and teacher of Jerusalem, a faithful steward of the Mysteries of faith; wherefore we honor you as an Apostle.

TROPARION (TONE 4)
O Holy James, as a disciple of the Lord, you received the Gospel; as a martyr, you displayed an unyielding will; as a brother of the Lord, you have special power with Him; as a pontiff, you have the right of intercession. Intercede therefore with Christ God that He may save our souls.

More information

St. James the Less Catholic Encyclopedia

Apostles Cycle
DateNameApostolosGospel
Apostles' Fast beginsMonday after 1st Sun. after Pentecost  
Apostles' Fast ends28 June1 Cor. 12:7-11 Mt. 10:1, 5-8
Feast Holy Apostles Peter and Paul29 June2 Cor. 1:21b-12:9Mt. 16:13-19
Celebration ends Feast Holy Twelve Apostles30 June1 Cor. 4:9-16Mt. 9:36-10.8

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