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

St. James, the Lesser
Apostle (Son of Alphaeus) by Pompeo Batoni 1

St. James, the Apostle (The Younder)

Son of Alphaeus

Feast Day: May 3rd

Novena: Day 4

St. James, you presented yourself as the “servant of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ” and sent your greetings to the new Israel — the twelve tribes in dispersion. The Lord himself visited you after his resurrection to strengthen your faith, so that you could strengthen the faith of your community in Jerusalem. Now, from your place among the saints, strengthen the entire community of believers. As you helped the “first fruits” to ripen and reach their heavenly home, help us to mature in wisdom as Christians — praying for the latter rains to affect a more complete conversion of mind and heart in us, the latter fruits.

Most of all, give us the wisdom to speak with caution and restrain our tongues, for “if anyone does not offend in word, he is a perfect man, able also to lead round by a bridle the whole body.” Pray for me during this novena, especially for …

(mention silently your special intentions).1

Pray:Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. Amen.



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