Today is the Feast of St James the Greater, (Santiago Matamoros in Spanish). His shrine at Santiago de Compostela is one of the major pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world. According to legend, he appeared in aid of the Christian army during battle, giving rise to the battle cry of the Reconquista, ¡Santiago! or St James the Moorslayer.
|The Arms of St James|
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From Catholic Online
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple.