Book of Saints – James Intercisus


(Saint) Martyr (November 27) (5th century) A Persian nobleman of high rank, who having weakly apostatised to keep the favour of King Yezdegird, but being afterwards converted anew by the prayers of his mother and wife, bravely atoned for his guilty weakness by undergoing a fearful martyrdom (A.D. 421) in defense of the Christian Religion, under Varanes V, successor of Yezdegird. The Roman Martyrology adds that with him there suffered also in Persia a vast multitude of Christians. Saint James is surnamed “Intercisus” (cut to pieces), because fingers, toes, then feet and hands, legs and arms, were successively cut off his still living body. He is greatly honoured throughout the East, but less known in the West.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “James Intercisus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 October 2013. Web. 16 February 2019. <>