The Holy Apostle James was the son of Alphaeus and one of the twelve. He was the brother of the holy Evangelist Matthew. The Church commemorates the Apostle James on October 9, and on June 30 with the Synaxis of the Glorious and All-Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles of Christ.
James heard the Lord's words and witnessed his miracles. After the Descent of the Holy Spirit the Apostle James, Alphaeus, and the Apostle Andrew the First-Called (November 30) made missionary journeys throughout Judea, Edessa, Gaza, and Eleutheropolis, proclaiming the Gospel, healing all sorts of sickness and disease, and converting many to the path of salvation. St James finished his apostolic work in the Egyptian city of Ostrachina, where he was crucified by the pagans.
Holy Apostle James the son of Alphaeus one of the Twelve Apostles, was the brother of the holy Evangelist Matthew. After the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle James Alphaeus and the Apostle Andrew the First-Called (November 30), made missionary journeys preaching in Judea, Edessa, Gaza, Eleutheropolis, and converting many to the path of salvation. In the Egyptian city of Ostrazin, St James finished his apostolic work with a martyr's death on the cross.
Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)
O Holy Apostle James, intercede with the merciful God that He grant to our souls forgiveness of offences.
Kontakion (Fourth Tone)
The wondrous fisherman that caught in the nations, James, the most venerable of Jesus' disciples, and the companion of the Apostolic choir, dispenses a great wealth of healing to the world, freeing those who rightly acclaim him from adversities. Therefore, we cry to him with one accord: O blest Apostle, save all of us by your prayers.