The Apostle Saint James the Elder is one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. Brother of John, the Evangelist, he is the son of Zebedee and Mary Salome. Along with Peter and John he belongs to the group of three privileged disciples who were admitted by Jesus into the important moments of his life, such as his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and during his Transfiguration. According to the Acts of the Apostles, Saint James was the first Apostle to become a martyr by being beheaded by Herod Agrippa in the year 43 in Jerusalem. The tradition narrates how his body was taken by sea to Galicia, and was buried in a forest, today the site of the Cathedral.


Below you will find further information on the history and cult to the Apostle Saint James with this extract from Iacobus, the catalogue for the exhibit with the same name that was hosted by the Cathedral of Santiago in 2013. Text by Segundo L. Pérez, Dean of the Cathedral of Santiago.





El The Apostle Saint James, in words of Pope Benedict XVI (General Audience, June, 21st, 2006)