Roman Catholics will commemorate Monday, July 25, the feast day of Saint James the Great, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.

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At the St. James the Great Parish in Imus, Cavite, the fiesta mass will be celebrated Sunday, July 24 at 9:30 a.m. The concelebrated mass will be presided over by Imus Bishop Reynaldo B. Evangelista. Novena masses were held from July 14 to 22.

In Agusan, Butuan, holy masses will be offered on Monday, July 25, at 5:15 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m. (concelebrated), and at 5:30 p.m. Novena masses were held from July 16 to 24. This year’s feast also marks the 85th parochial fiesta.

Feast masses will also be offered in many parishes placed under his patronage such as in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; Bulusan, Sorsogon; Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte; Libon, Albay; and in Paete, Laguna.

In Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which is considered the third most holy town of Roman Catholicism after Jerusalem and Rome, devotees traditionally observe the Way of St. James, the traditional pilgrimage to his grave. Prayers will also be offered at his major shrine and burial site, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is very popular among pilgrims and tourists.

Known as one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ, St. James was the son of Zebedee and the brother of another apostle, St. John the Evangelist.

St. James is the patron saint of Spain and of pilgrimages. He, along with Sts. Peter and John witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ. He was one of the first disciples to follow Jesus, was a witness to His Agony in the Garden and was the first apostle to die a martyr.

Source: Manila Bulletin (