Fast, concise facts and information about Saint James
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:
- The patron of Hat makers
- Memorial Day / Feast Day: May 3rd
- Date of Death: Saint James died in A.D. 63
- Cause of Death: Brains dashed out
Who or what is Saint James the patron saint of?
Saint James is the patron of Hat makers. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.
Prayer to St. James the Less
The Story and History of Saint James the Less
The story and history of Saint James the Less, who was one of the disciples of Jesus. James was believed to be the son of Alphaeus and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally associated with the name James the Less. This is because there was already a more prominent James among the twelve apostles (James, son of Zebedee, who was considered the greater apostle), James, the son of Alphaeus, was called James the Less. James was thought to be a cousin of Jesus, by the sister of the Virgin Mary, and the brother of Saint Jude Thaddeus. After the crucifixion of Jesus James was created the first Bishop of Jerusalem. He was persecuted for his Christian faith and Simeon the fuller dashed out his brains. Fullers were people who performed the last steps in making cloth or cleaning clothes and a fuller's club was used to beat clothes in order to clean them.
Death of Saint James
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint James died in A.D. 63. Cause of Death: Brains dashed out.
How Saint James is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint James in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint James is represented in Christian Art with a fuller's club, the instrument with which Simeon the fuller dashed out his brains.
Feast Day of Saint James
The Feast Day of Saint James is May 3rd. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.