Saturday, October 23, 2010

Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord

James is the First Bishop of Jerusalem. He is called “the Lord’s brother” because he was the son of righteous Joseph, the betrothed of the Holy Mother of God. He served as bishop of Jerusalem for thirty years. He also composed the first liturgy and wrote “The Letter of James” that is included in the New Testament. He was martyred under Nero in 62.

James is considered one of the Seventy Apostles of Christ (Luke 10:1-23) who help spread our faith. James is also known as "James the Just".

Troparion (Tone 4)
As the Lord's disciple you received the Gospel, O righteous James;
As a martyr you have unfailing courage;
As God's brother, you have boldness;
As a hierarch, you have the power to intercede.
Pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion (Tone 4)
When God the Word, the Only-begotten of the Father,
Came to live among us in these last days,
He declared you, venerable James, to be the first shepherd and teacher of Jerusalem
And a faithful steward of the spiritual Mysteries.
Therefore, we all honor you, O Apostle.

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