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Every day this Lent, we’ll explore the
life and faith of a bearded Catholic saint.
We’ll pray with them, and together we’ll grow in holiness and manliness.
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St. James the Greater
FEAST DAY: JULY 25TH | LIVED: 1ST CENTURY
Look at a picture of James the Greater and James the Lesser and see if you can figure out how to tell the difference. In most pictures, James the Greater has a beard and James the Lesser is clean shaven. Coincidence? St. James was one of the apostles of Jesus who referred to him as one of the “Boanerges” or “Sons of Thunder”. He and his brother John we outspoken and often times brash, but they had a powerful and thunderous faith in Christ. Lent is a time to call thunder into our own lives to eradicate the barriers that keep us from God.
Send you fire and thunder into our lives oh Lord.
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard
As it grows from my face.
Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours.
Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom.
Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life.
As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism,
I anoint this beard as a reminder of love.
O glorious Apostle,
St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart
Was chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor,
And of His agony in Gethsemane;
Thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory:
Obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life,
That, having constantly and generously followed Jesus,
We may be victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor’s crown in heaven.