Feast of St. David, prophet and king, and St. James the Brother of the Lord

Feast Day of the Armenian Patriarchate

On Thursday, the 6th of January 2022 we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint David, the prophet and king, and Saint James the Apostle, the brother of the Lord.

This day is also the Feast Day of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. This is the only day of the year that the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, will sit on the Throne of St. James during the Divine Liturgy.
The Throne of St. James the Less, is adorned with a high dome, and is carved from precious wood and inlaid with mother of pearl.

Saint James the Less, the brother of the Lord, was the first Bishop of the Christian community in Jerusalem.
In Acts 12, when St. Peter was released from prison, he sent word to inform St. James.
St. James also presided over the so-called Council of Jerusalem, when differences in doctrine divided Christians from different backgrounds. James’ decisions in this council testify of his wisdom and honesty, this gave him also the title “St. James the Just.”
We read in I Corinthians 15:7 that the Risen Lord appeared to St. James, and later also to the Apostles. St. Paul met with St. James at least two times; St. Paul calls St. James one of the pillars of the Jerusalem Church.
The Epistle of James in the New Testament is traditionally attributed to St. James the brother of the Lord. In this writing St. James stresses the doing of good deeds as a proof of faith; St. James speaks more from a practical point of view than a dogmatic. The Epistle is interspersed with Biblical language and concepts and is considered a representative of early Christianity.
Early Christian tradition, by mouth of St. Hippolytus of Rome, tells us that St. James was a well-respected and holy man, and whenever he preached, crowds would come to listen to him. Icons of St. James often portray him with a Bible in his hands.
Seven years after the Lord’s Resurrection, when St. James was preaching in the Temple, someone interrupted him, and accused St. James of deceiving the people.
The present Pharisees and Sadducees then changed their opinions, and part of the listeners also turned against St. James. They threw St. James down from the pinnacle of the Temple, and the angry crowd started to beat him and stone him to death.
St. James was buried at first near the Throne of St. James, and later reburied under the main altar.

Wednesday afternoon during Vespers we celebrate the Eve of the Feast.
On Thursday the morning prayers begin at 7.00 am, followed by the Divine Liturgy in St. James Cathedral.

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