Saint James, also known as James the Greater, was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and is considered a saint in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican Church. He is the patron saint of Spain, and is also known as the patron saint of pilgrims, laborers, and hatters.
According to the Bible, Saint James was a fisherman before he became one of Jesus' disciples. He is said to have been present at the transfiguration of Jesus, and was also chosen by Jesus to be a witness of his resurrection. After the ascension of Jesus, Saint James preached the gospel in Jerusalem and later in Spain, where he is said to have established the first Christian church.
An interesting fact about Saint James is that he is the only Apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the Bible. He was beheaded by King Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD for his faith.
Saint James's feast day is celebrated on July 25th, and is known as the "Feast of Saint James the Apostle" or "Santiago" in Spain. The feast is celebrated with the famous pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago, in which thousands of people walk the Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain where his remains are believed to be buried.
Saint James was officially canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in the 9th century.
He is remembered for his devotion to spreading the word of Jesus and for his martyrdom. His remains are believed to be buried in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which is the destination of the famous pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago.