St. Iakovos (James) Adelphotheos (the Brother of God), and First Bishop of Jerusalem (62 AD)
Commemorated October 23
“every good gift and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights” (letter of James 1:17 )
HYMN OF PRAISE
The Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
James, the Brother of the Lord, a most beautiful righteous one,
Explained the teaching of Christ with his life,
And when they tortured him, he meekly knelt,
And prayed to God for his enemies.
In a most difficult place, at a most difficult time,
He patiently bore the episcopal yoke.
He governed the Church as a good shepherd,
And glorified the Lord in word and deed.
He taught men to love Jesus,
And taught the faithful to pray to God.
“Vainglorious man, what is faith alone?
Faith without works is as empty straw.
Whoever has hearing, let him hear the teaching:
Faith without works is a body without spirit.
Whence come wars, abhorrent to all?
From the impure passions of your body.
Men always war and have no peace,
For their hearts desire evil, then shed blood.
Whoever turns a sinner away from error
Will receive the Lord’s gift of eternal life in reward.”
The Jews slew the righteous James-
But they have murdered themselves, and glorified him!
O wonderful James, holy apostle,
Help the faithful who pray to you.