James the Lesser

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Saint James the Lesser

Feast day: May 3rd.

The name comes from Greek and means ‘divine protection.’

Saint James the Lesser, also known as James Alpheus, was one of the apostles and an important saint in the Christian faith. He held a special place in Jesus’ life as he was the son of Mary, Jesus’ aunt, which made him a brother or relative of Jesus’ cousins. As an apostle, he witnessed Jesus’ teachings and miracles and actively participated in spreading Christianity after Jesus’ death. He is also significant as a saint in Catholic and Orthodox Christianity. James the Lesser is often depicted with symbols such as a fish and staff, representing his apostolic mission. He is also known for being one of those who had a vision of Jesus’ resurrection. He was a just man, devoted to prayer, and caring for the poor. He tragically died as he was attacked in the temple and beaten to death with clubs.

Patron saint of the dying, pharmacists, hatmakers.

Name variations: Diego, Diogo, Hamish, Iacomus, Jack, Jacob, Jaemes, Jaemie, Jaemy, Jaime, Jaimes, Jaimie, Jaka, Jake, Jakob, Jame, Jameson, Jamesy, Jamey, Jameyel, Jameze, Jami, Jamia, Jamiah, Jamian, Jamie, Jamiee, Jamiesen, Jamieson, Jamme, Jammey, Jammie, Jammy, Jamy, Jamye, Jamze, Jan, Jay, Jaymes, Jaymie, Jim, Jimbo, Jimmie, Jimmy, Santiago, Séamus, Seumas, Seumas, Shamus, Sheamus, Tiago