Feast Day: October 23rd
& January 4th, Synaxis of the Holy 70 Apostles
& Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ, (Sunday between 11th-17th of December)
& Sunday after the Nativity (or December 26th)
The Life of Saint Iakovos: That is why he is called the Lord’s brother. From the beginning, James was devoted to the Lord Jesus…
Apolytikion: 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.
Kontakion: O wondrous Iakovos, God the Logos, Only-Begotten of the Father, Who dwelt among us in latter days, declared you, the first shepherd and teacher of Jerusalem, and faithful steward of the Spiritual Mysteries. Wherefore, we all honour you, O Apostle.
Sunday after the Nativity Kontakion: Godly David on this day is filled with gladness of spirit; Joseph also joineth James in offering Glory and praises. They rejoice, for as Christ’s kinsmen, they have received Crowns: and they praise the One ineffably born upon the Earth as they cry out with a great voice: O Lord of mercy, save them that honour Thy Name.
Saint Iakovos was the son of Saint Joseph the Betrothed. Because his father was Betrothed to Our Most Holy Mother of God, Saint Iakovos grew up together with Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Most Holy Lady, looking to them as his most beloved Brother and Mother.
Saint Iakovos travelled together with Saint Joseph and Our Most Holy Mother of God to Bethlehem for the enrolment, and also witnessed the Blessed Birth of Christ and fled to Egypt with them.
Saint Iakovos was chosen by Christ to be one of the Holy Apostles of the 70.
Saint Iakovos was appointed by the Apostles as the first Bishop of Jerusalem.
At Christ’s Divine instruction, Saint Iakovos compiled the first Divine Liturgy by writing Prayers to be said by Priests when they celebrated the Divine Mysteries Our Lord commissioned the Apostles to do in remembrance of Him. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Iakovos the Brother of the Lord was the earliest Liturgy celebrated by the Christians for 350 years, and it is today celebrated each year on his Feast Day.
Saint Iakovos wrote the the General Epistle of James which is found in the Bible, and he also the Protoevangelium of James in the Apocraphycal Texts.
Saint Iakovos was present at the Dormition of Our Most Holy Mother of God. Saint John the Theologian told Saint Iakovos of her pending Dormition, and he, being Bishop of Jerusalem, told all the faithful, and they all went to be with Our Most Holy Mother of God in her last days and to participate in her burial.
Saint Iakovos was Martyred when he was sixty-six years old, and even to his last breath he spoke about Christ as the Son of God and preached His Resurrection and His love to all.