VIDEO: Bp. Hying @MadisonDiocese on St. James the Greater

Almost every day, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison, offers a short video on some precise topic or in a short series.

Today Bp. Hying speak of St. James the Greater (older, taller), whose Feast it is.

This is the Apostle James, son of Zebedee, brother of John who were called from their fishing boats by the Lord. Peter, John and (this) James was one of the inner circle even within the Twelve. He was at the Transfiguration, for example.

The Bishop mentions that tradition holds that James went to Spain, returned to Jerusalem and martyrdom, and his relics were returned to Spain. He doesn’t downplay tradition, but accepts it. He talks about the Camino to Santiago de Compostela (which I have yet to do).


Tiepolo’s St. James. He is in the guise of a slayer of Moors.

Velasquez self-portrait within Las Meninas in the Prado.  He bears the insignia of the Military Ordo of St. James.

Today we pray for those named “James”, especially those in Holy Orders who are in need of conversion of or help.

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  1. John21 says:

    I just completed a shortened version of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, but with enough mileage to receive the pilgrim’s credential. It was a marvelous tour through the Galician countryside. It’s almost like walking through a history book, with medieval chapels and even some old Roman structures. Whether St. James actually went to Spain is up for debate, but it is that it is evident that he intercedes for that pilgrimage site! It was a safe and prayerful experience throughout.

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