St. James, the Minor: Apostle (Son of Alphaeus)

St. James, the Minor: Apostle (Son of Alphaeus)
by Peter Paul Rubens1

St. James, the Apostle (The Younger)

Son of Alphaeus

Feast Day: May 3rd

(Patron Saint of pharmacists,
druggists, and apothecaries)

A Prayer to St. James the Lesser, for Faith

O Glorious Saint James, you were our Lord's cousin and at the same time his friend and follower. You wrote that every good and perfect gift comes to us from the Father of lights, and that faith without works is useless. You preached the divinity of Jesus until your death as a martyr. Obtain for us from the Father of lights the great gift of a living faith in Jesus' divinity which will inspire us to unstinting labor in the service of God and our fellow human beings and enable us to reach our heavenly destiny. Amen.1

A Prayer to St. James the Lesser, for Saving of Our Souls

Thou, O James, wisely teachest us that every best gift, and every perfect gift comes down upon mankind from the Father of lights. Beg of Him, we beseech thee, that they who celebrate thy memory may partake of those gifts. Thou wast Jesus’ cousin according to the flesh, and wast favored with His holy friendship. Thou Didst communicate to all men the grace of the divine light and knowledge, and dist root up the error of idols. Therefore did the false princes of darkness unjustly slay thee, whilst thou wast preaching the divinity of the Savior. The Only Begotten Son of the Father, God the Word, who dwelt among us during this last age, appointed thee, O holy James, as the first pastor of Jerusalem; He willed thee to be her master, and faithful dispenser of the divine mysteries. Therefore do we venerate thee, O Apostle! The choir of the Apostle chose thee to be the first on holy Sion, should minister as priest to their great benefactor Christ; for thou wast His cousin according to the flesh, and the faithful companion of His journeys. Resplendent with the bright light of the Holy Spirit, thou, O James, cousin of our Lord, wast the zealous minister of the receive from the Lord, who, in His mercy, admitted thee into the Brotherhood of His Apostles, a garment more sacred than that of the priesthood of the Law. Beseech Him, O glorious Apostle, that He mercifully save our souls!2

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