According to the New Testament, Saint James the Great was one of Jesus' Twelve Apostles. He was also known as son of Zebedee or Saint James the Greater (Yacoub in Arabic). Moreover, he is also the patron saint of Spain.
When Jesus invited James and John to accompany him, they were with their father at the seaside. Only three apostles were chosen to see Jesus' Transfiguration, and James was one of them.
On the liturgical calendars of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and some Protestant churches, St. James' feast day is observed on July 25.
The martyrdom site lies within the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of St. James in Jerusalem's Armenian Quarter. The Chapel of St. James the Great, to the left of the sanctuary, is where he has been martyred when King Agrippa ordered his beheading. His body lies entombed under the altar, marked by a piece of red marble.
Jesus proved to us that leadership is all about service is when James and John asked Jesus to sit at His right and left hands. They wanted to look superior to the other disciples.
“But Jesus called them aside and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them. It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 20:25-28).
“It shall not be so among you.” Jesus’ instructed his disciples and each and every Christian leader. As servants of the Kingdom of God, we are different than other leaders in the world.
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This gorgeous olive wood statue stands with the utmost attention to detail down to the design on the table cloth. Modeled after da Vinci's depiction of Jesus' last pass-over meal shared with his Apostles, this warm and lively hand carved statue of the Last Supper will surely sanctify any spot in your home. This iconic image tells the tale of Christianity and the great story of God.
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