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Feast of St. James of Jerusalem, Bishop and Martyr (October 23)   2 comments

Brother of Our Lord


The Assigned Readings for This Feast:

Acts 15:12-22a

Psalm 1

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Matthew 13:54-58

The Collect:

Grant, O God, that, following the example of your servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


St. James of Jerusalem, a.k.a. James the Just, was a brother (of some variety) of Jesus.  He remained unconverted to the Christian faith until after the resurrection, and in time became the Bishop of Jerusalem.  St. James of Jerusalem, who saw Jesus before the Ascension, agreed with St. Paul that Gentile converts (the men anyway) should not have to undergo circumcision.  This opposition to Judaizing caused his martyrdom circa 62 C.E., when a mob cast him down from the pinnacle of the Temple and cudgeled him to death.

Who are our Gentiles today?


JUNE 13, 2010


Posted June 13, 2010 by neatnik2009 in October 23, Saints of the Bible

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