St. James the Greater Prayer Card


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St. James the Greater was one of the disciples of Jesus, and the brother of John the Apostle. James is named "the Greater" to distinguish him from the Apostle James "the Less", who was probably either shorter of stature or younger in age. St. James began his journey with Jesus after a fruitless night of fishing, where Jesus, followed by Simon and Andrew had stopped and urged James and John to follow him.

Said to be the first person martyred for Christianity, St. James the Greater is the patron saint for people suffering arthritis and rheumatism. The story goes as James was led outside Jerusalem for execution, he passed a man who was sitting by the side of the road, crippled by rheumatism. The man begged James to cure him. Pausing for a moment, he said, "In the name of Jesus Christ, for whom I am being led to execution, stand up and bless your Creator." As the soldiers dragged James away, the cured man stood and ran to the temple in the city to give thanks to God.

Spain is another patronage of Saint James, where according to legend, his remains have been placed in the town of Santiago de Compostela. The Way of Saint James is a holy pilgrimage to his tomb at the Cathedral, and is the most popular pilgrimage for Western European Catholics ever since the early middle ages. James' emblem is the scallop shell, and pilgrims often wear a shell on their hats or clothes in tribute. Subsequently, St. James the Greater is also one of the patron saints of pilgrimage.

His feast day is July 25.

My original illustration, drawn first in pen and digitally colored, printed on 80 lb. stock and your choice to be mailed as is or for an additional cost finished with a nice heavy lamination. All cards are trimmed by hand (typically mine or one of my two dogs) making them truly a non mass produced item that is unique and created with care.

Card size is 2.5 x 4.5 inches.

Prayer cards are nice little reminders to take small moments out of our hectic days for reflection. Perfect to use as a bookmark, stick in a mirror, or anywhere eyes will happen upon it, and a great little thoughtful item to tuck into a card for a wee gift to mail.

All cards can be personalized on the reverse to celebrate confirmations, baptisms, first communions, church groups, weddings or anniversaries. Minimum order of 12. There is a $20 design fee and will need a 2 or 3 week turnaround time. Please inquire for more information.

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~Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, thee by a kindly word; always doing the smallest things right, and doing all for love.~ St. Therese of Lisieux


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All prayer cards and inexpensive items are sent through USPS First Class Mail. For items such as rosaries or jewelry over $20 in cost, I will send via Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. Orders outside of the United States ship First Class Mail. An email will be sent when the item is shipped.

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Reviews (8)


Beautiful! Unique in that it portrays the Compostela cathedral in the background. It is a miniature work of art!

I walked the Camino and have never seen a card with the cathedral in the background-so very special

Very nice. Will make a nice little addition to my nephew's First Communion gift. Thanks

These cards - I bought three and they all arrived in perfect condition together - are very lovely and strongly laminated so, for instance, you can safely take St James on your Camino or just let him remind you that you want to walk it one day! Don't hesitate, these are wonderful.

Lovely card; great gift for a pilgrim. Well packed, quickly shipped - thanks!

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