James, son of Alphaeus, apostle of the Twelve

Dates of commemoration

Jul 13
(Church calendar - Jun 30) Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Twelve Apostles
Oct 22
(Church calendar - Oct 9) Day of martyric death


Holy Apostle James the son of Alphaeus one of the Twelve Apostles, was the brother of the holy Evangelist Matthew. He heard the Lord’s words and witnessed His miracles. After the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle James Alphaeus and the Apostle Andrew the First-Called (November 30), made missionary journeys preaching in Judea, Edessa, Gaza, Eleutheropolis, proclaiming the Gospel, healing all sorts of sickness and disease, and converting many to the path of salvation. Saint James finished his apostolic work In the Egyptian city of Ostrachina, where he was crucified by the pagans.



Holy relic type

unless specified otherwise below, "holy relic" means a fragment of a bone of the saint

1. Holy relic
2. Holy relic
3. Holy relic
4. Holy relic

Location of the holy relic in the Cathedral:

1. Icon of the Synaxis of the Apostles, east wall of the Cathedral, in front of the north kliros
2. South kliros, reliquary #1
3. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #7 (lower section)
4. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #7 (lower section)



Tone 3
Holy Apostle James, / entreat the merciful God / to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.


Tone 2
Let us bless James, praising him as the messenger of God, / for he filled the souls of the pious with wise dogmas. / Standing at the throne of glory before the Master, / he rejoices with all the angels unceasingly praying for us all.

Address of our Cathedral

  • 4001 17th St. N.W.,
  • Washington, D.C., 20011

Phone  (202) 726-3000

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