The feast of Saint James, Apostle, who, being Zebedee’s son and the blessed evangelist John’s brother, was together with Peter and John a witness to the Lord’s transfiguration and to his agony. When he was beheaded by Herod Agrippa near the time of the festival of the Passover, he became the first of the apostles to attain to the crown of martyrdom.
May Holy Mary and all the saints intercede to the Lord for us, that we may merit to be helped and saved by him who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
V. Precious in the sight of the Lord
R. Is the death of his holy ones.
V. May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. And may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
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