The Holy Apostle James, the son of Zebedee, was the brother of St. John the Theologian and one of the Twelve Apostles. He and his
brother were called to be Apostles by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who called them the “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17). It was this James, with
John and Peter, who witnessed the Raising of the Daughter of Jairus, the Lord’s Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and His agony in the
Garden of Gethsemane.
St. James was the first of the Apostles to die as a martyr.
The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is a 500 mile pilgrimage that follows an ancient Christian pilgrim route. It begins in southern France, crosses the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain, and continues across the northern part of the country. Along "The Way", pilgrims receive stamps in various cities. The journey ends in Santiago, Spain. In Santiago, pilgrims receive their final stamp of the journey. At the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela pilgrims are greeted by a statue of St. James, where the remains of the Apostle James are buried. Pilgrims enter the beautiful cathedral, light a candle and attend a special church service.