My beloved spiritual children in Christ Our Only True God and Our Only True Savior,
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.
ON THE 9th OF OCTOBER, THE HOLY CHURCH COMMEMORATES THE HOLY APOSTLE IAKOVOS (JAMES), SON OF ALPHAEUS
Saint Iakovos (James), the Holy Apostle of the Lord, was the son of Alphaeus and brother of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, who was formerly a tax collector. When our Lord Jesus Christ, abiding on earth in the flesh, chose simple and pious men for the dignity of the apostolate, to sent them forth to preach the Gospel throughout the whole world, He also chose this Iakovos (James) and numbered him among the choir of the Apostles as one worthy. Iakovos (James) became one of the Twelve Apostles, an eyewitness, and minister of Christ, the preacher of His mysteries and His follower.
Having received, with the other Holy Apostles, the Holy Spirit, Who descended upon them in the likeness of tongues of fire, he went to the gentiles to preach Christ and guide the erring to the path of salvation. Aflame with the fire of divine zeal, he burned up the thorns of ungodliness, smashed idols to pieces, destroyed their temples, healed diverse illnesses, drove evil spirits out of people, and brought a great multitude of people to Christ, for which deeds he acquired for himself a new name--the "divine seed." For he sowed the seed of the Logos/Word of God in men's hearts, planted faith, and increased piety, for which cause he was called the "divine seed."
Going about to many lands, he sowed the seed of heaven, gathered in the harvest of men's salvation, and ended his earthly course in the steps of Christ: being an emulator of the sufferings of Christ, he surrendered his spirit into the hands of God while nailed to the Cross in Egypt.
Then this "divine seed," the great Apostle of the inhabited world, the herald and lover of Christ, Iakovos (James), was gathered into the heavenly granary with the fruits he bore a hundredfold. And there, delighting in the vision of the countenance of God, he intercedes for us by his supplications, that we too may win such delight.
Holy Apostle Iakovos (James) intercede for us and for our salvation.