James the Apostle

Today is the Feast of James the Apostle on the Anglican and Roman Catholic Calendars.

James, the son of Zebedee, one of the fisherman that Jesus called to follow.  We learn that James and his brother John were not from an average fishing family, and were of a little higher class standing because their father could afford to hire other laborers.  He also was known to Jesus as a “son of thunder” (now that’s a nickname).  We know this for sure, because he was one of the 12, he would never be ordinary again.

Read more about James the Apostle.

Lessons appropriate for the day:

Jeremiah 45:1-5 
Acts 11:27-12:3 
Matthew 20:20-28 
Psalm 7:1-10 

The collect for the day:

O gracious God, we remember before you today your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that you will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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