Commemorated on March 21st
Our Righteous Father James the Confessor
St James the Confessor took up the monastic life from his youth in the Monastery of Studite, where he became a disciple of St Theodore the Studite and led a strict life, full of works, fasting and prayer. Later he became Bishop of Catania in Sicily, and suffered many afflictions and torments at the hands of the Iconoclasts during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Constantine V Copronymos (741-775 AD). St James was repeatedly urged not to venerate the holy icons. They exhausted him in prison, starved him, and beat him, but he bravely endured all these torments. The Saint died in exile. St Theodore composed a homily in honour of this St James.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
O God of our fathers, ever dealing with us according to Your gentleness, do not take Your mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.
Kontakion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
You excelled in the gifts of the priesthood, and by your struggles became illustrious in confessing the Faith. Since you are a fruitful branch of Christ the True Vine, grant the new wine of forgiveness and salvation to those who cry, "Rejoice, O Father James".