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.