THE TWELVE CHOSEN - JAMES THE GREATER
James the greater was one of the original twelve disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel and it was Jesus who named James and his brother john the sons of thunder because they both struggled to control their tempers.
He and his brother were born the Son's of Zebedee and Salome and with john he was a fisherman until Jesus called him to be a fisher of men.
Before he was called by the lord James was a disciple of Saint John the Baptist and it is widely believed that Jesus and James were in fact cousins.
He is known as James the Greater not out of conceit he was so called simply because he was the first of the James' to become an apostle thus the other is known as James the lesser.
During his time as a disciple he was present during most of the recorded miracles of Christ and after the crucifixion James went on to preach the gospels in Samaria, Judea, and Spain
In one tale of James travels he is said to have brought back to life a boy who had been unjustly hanged, and had been dead for several weeks.
When news of the boy's resurrection reached his father he was eating his supper and pronounced the story to be worthy of ridicule.
In fact he thought it nonsense and he said that his son was no more alive than the roasted fowl on the supper table and laughed uproariously and at this the roasted bird sat up sprouted feathers and flew out of the window.
James became the First of the Apostles to be martyred when he was beheaded in Jerusalem by King Herod Agrippa I.
The legend has it that upon his death his body was taken from Jerusalem by angels, and sailed in an unmanned and rudderless boat to Spain where it was enveloped by a massive rock.
St James' relics are held at Compostella in Spain and the pilgrimage to the shrine of Santiago de Compostella became so popular that he became the patron saint of pilgrims.
His time spent spreading the gospels in Spain and the placing of his relics in a shrine there led to James being adopted as patron saint of Spain and all things Spanish.
Santiago the Spanish for of saint James became the battle cry of the Spanish army.
The legend has it that Upon the cry of Santiago in Galicia the saint appeared upon a steed of brilliant white St James the greater was transformed from a fisher of men for his lord to Santiago Matamoros, or St. James the Moor slayer single handedly killing up to 60,000 Arabs in one battle as a result the Spanish won the day and drove the Moors out of Spain.
Such is the pressure from the liberal elite to be seen to be doing the right thing and in the name of political correctness the statue of St James the moor slayer, which depicts the saint beheading a number of the Saracens in battle, is being removed from his cathedral, Santiago de Compostella, in case a Muslim might be offended.
Why a Muslim would enter a Catholic cathedral in the first place is beyond me.