Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. James The Apostle.

Here's what you need to know...

St. James was one of Jesus's Twelve Apostles and traditionally considered the first Apostle to be martyred. 

He is also called James the Greater to distinguish him from another Apostle named James, son of Alphaeus (James the Less).

He was a son of Zebedee and brother of John the Apostle. He and his brother John were called the "Sons of Thunder" by Jesus for their boldness.

James was one of the favored three who had the privilege of witnessing the Transfiguration, the raising to life of the daughter of Jairus, and the agony in Gethsemani.

St. James the Apostle is the patron saint of Spaniards and Portuguese. He is often identified as Santiago or São Tiago.

The pilgrimage to his grave, known as the "Way of St. James" or "Camino de Santiago", is one of the most popular pilgrimages of Western European Catholics.

St. James the Greater, ora pro nobis!