On October 9 in the Holy Orthodox Church, we commemorate the holy Apostle James, son of Alphaeus.
Verses O Savior, James taketh up the Cross with pleasure; And as he is truly, of Thee he is shown worthy. On the ninth, James was stretched out upon a cross.
James is the brother of the Apostle and Evangelist Matthew and one of the Twelve Great Apostles. After the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, James led evangelization efforts in Eleutheropolis and Egypt. With great power in both word and act, James spread abroad the saving news of the incarnate Word of God, rooting out idol worship, driving demons out of men, healing all manner of sickness and disease in the Name of Christ. Though crucified by pagans, James entered into the eternal kingdom to reign forever with the King of glory. On this day, we also commemorate the Venerable Andronikos and Athanasia of Egypt; Venerable Poplia the confessor of Antioch; Righteous Forefather Abraham and his nephew the Righteous Lot. By their intercessions, O Christ God, have mercy upon us. Amen.