St JAMES THE GREATER
St. James was the first of the twelve to be martyred. He died by decapitation under Herod Agrippa in Jerusalem in 42 A.D. St. James is referred to as "the greater" because he was called by Christ before the other apostle of the same name. He preached the Gospel in Samaria, Judea and Spain.
The Cathedral in the Spanish City of Santiago (St James)
Blessing and Prayer for the Pilgrim
Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
who brought your servant Abraham out of the city of the Chaldees,
protecting him through all his travels/wandering,
and who was the Hebrew nation’s guide through the desert,
we ask you to bless these children of yours who,
for the love they bear your name,
are on a pilgrimage to Compostela.
Be for them their companion on the way,
their guide at the crossroads,
their shelter on the road,
their shade in the heat,
their light in the darkness,
their comfort in weariness
and their resolve in intentions.
So that through your guidance,
they arrive sound at the end of their road and,
enriched with grace and virtue,
return home healthy and full of worthy virtues.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
(From a leaflet supplied to pilgrims "on the way", by the local Spanish Church)
This page is dedicated to Edit Eőry, Hungarian pilgrim, Alessandra Garbolo and Angelo Lombardi from Italy, whom I met 'on the way' to Santiago, June 2006, who became my dear friends - Editor