”My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James,1:2-6)
”Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James,1:12)
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St. Father Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia (November 21, 1991)
St. Iakovos (James) Adelphotheos (the Brother of God), First Bishop of Jerusalem
Commemorated October 23
Saint was a son of Joseph the Betrothed,and was called Obliah, that is, the Just, because of his great holiness and righteousness. When the righteous Joseph was near death, he divided his estate among his sons, and wanted to leave a portion to the Lord Jesus, the son of the Most-holy Virgin, but all the other brothers opposed this, not regarding Jesus as their brother. James greatly loved Jesus and declared that he would include Jesus in his share. That is why he is called the Lord’s brother.
When Ananias became High Priest, he and other Jewish elders determined to kill James for being a preacher of Christ. About the year 62, he ascended to the peak of the Temple in Jerusalem on the day of the Passover at the prompting of all, and there bore witness to Christ so effectively that the people cried out “Hosanna to the Son of David.”
Having ascended the crest of the Temple on the day of the Passover at the prompting of all, he bore testimony from there concerning his belief in Jesus, and he proclaimed with a great voice that Jesus sits at the right hand of the great power of God and shall come again upon the clouds of heaven. On hearing this testimony, many of those present cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” But the Scribes and Pharisees cried, “So, even the just one hath been led astray,” and at the command of Ananias the high priest,The infuriated priests and elders pushed him off the roof;he fell and was severely injured, but was still alive. Gathering his last strength, he raised himself to his knees, stretched forth his hands toward heaven and fervently prayed to God, like his Master, saying: ”Lord, forgive them this sin, for they know not what they are doing.” While he was praying thus, wicked men struck him with stones from all sides. Seeing this, one of the sons of Rechab cried out: ”Stop! What are you doing? The righteous one is praying to God for you, and you are killing him!” However, that shout of a compassionate soul could not deter the murderers, accustomed to evildoing, from killing the saint of God. Then, one man ran up and struck him on the head with a fuller’s club with such force that his brains spilled out.
The first of the Catholic (General) Epistles written to the Jews in the Diaspora who believed in Christ was written by this Iakovos.
Apolytikion St. James the Just , Adelphotheos in the Fourth Tone
As the Lord’s disciple, O righteous One, you received the Gospel, as Martyr, you have unwavering courage, as the Lord’s brother, you have forthrightness, as Hierarch, intercession. Intercede with Christ our God, that our souls may be saved.