Book of Saints – James the Less

detail of a stained glass window of Saint James the Lesser, 1901,artist unknown; Saint Mark's Church, Lymington Avenue, London, England; photographed on 15 July 2001 by John Salmon; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Apostle (May 1) (1st century) Saint James, the brother (that is, the cousin) of Our Lord, one of the Twelve, and the writer of a Canonical Epistle, was known as James the Just, and from his youth upwards led a life of extreme austerity. After the Ascension he was appointed Bishop of Jerusalem, and his repute of sanctity became so great that people thought themselves happy if they could but touch the hem of his garment. When ninety-six years old he suffered martyrdom at the hands of the Jews, who cast him down from a pinnacle of the Temple. He died praying that his enemies might be forgiven (A.D. 61). His relics are enshrined in Rome with those of his fellow Apostle, Saint Philip.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “James the Less”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2018. Web. 16 January 2019. <>