St. Yakovos (Jacob, James) The Brother of the Lord
Holy Apostle Yakovos (James), the Brother of God (Adelphotheos) was the son of Righteous Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos (December 26). From his early years James was a Nazarene, a man especially dedicated to God. The Nazarenes vowed to preserve their virginity, to abstain from wine, to refrain from eating meat, and not to cut their hair. The vow of the Nazarenes symbolized a life of holiness and purity, commanded formerly by the Lord for all Israel. When the Savior began to teach the nation about the Kingdom of God, St Yakovos believed in Christ and became His apostle. He was chosen as the first Bishop of Jerusalem.
St Yakovos presided over the Council of Jerusalem and his word was decisive (Acts 15). In his thirty years as bishop, St Yakovos converted many of the Jews to Christianity. Annoyed by this, the Pharisees and the Scribes plotted together to kill St Yakovos. They led the saint up on the pinnacle of the Jerusalem Temple and asked what he thought of Jesus. The holy Apostle began to bear witness that Christ is the Messiah, which was not the response the Pharisees were expecting. Greatly angered, the Jewish teachers threw him off the roof. The saint did not die immediately, but gathering his final strength, he prayed to the Lord for his enemies while they were stoning him. St Yakovos’ martyrdom occurred about 63 A.D.
The holy Apostle Yakovos composed a Divine Liturgy, which formed the basis of the Liturgies of Sts. Basil the Great and John Chrysostom. The Church has preserved an Epistle of St Yakovos (James), one of the books of the New Testament.
In 1853, Patriarch Hierotheus of Alexandria sent to Moscow a portion of the relics of St Yakovos. The Church distinguishes between the holy Apostle Yakovos the Brother of God, and St Yakovos the son of Zebedee (April 30) and St Yakovos the son of Alphaeus (October 9).
Schedule of Services
Great Vespers - 5:00 PM
First Hour - 5:45 PM
Third and Sixth Hour - 9:30 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM
Followed by coffee hour and fellowship
Eve of the Feast - Great Vespers - 6:00 PM
Feast Days - Third and Sixth Hour - 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy - 9:00 AM
The third Wednesday of the month - 6:00 PM
All are welcome to attend any and all services!
O Holy Father Innocent, Pray Unto God For Us!
Святий отче Іннокентіє, моли Бога за нас!
*Choir practice begins on Saturday, November 12th for the feasts of the Nativity of Our Lord, Saint Vasilios the Great and Theophany. Choir practice will begin at 4 pm before Great Vespers