Monday, December 07, 2009


I have updated the post on Santiago Holy Years - you can read it here:

Did you know that Holy Years only started in the 15th C (according to recent historical research)?

That in the 16th C "The head of the glorious Apostle is carried around the cathedral on all feast-days in solemn procession."

That in the Holy Year of 1867 only 40 pilgrims attended the 25th July Mass in the cathedral?

In the early Middle Ages the 30 December was St James’ Feast day, based on the old Hispanic (Mozarabic) rite.

In the 11th century King Alfonso VI abolished the Hispanic rite in favour of the Roman rite and 25 July became the principal feast day to commemorate the martyrdom of St. James.

December 30 was incorporated into the present liturgical calendar as the Feast of the Translation of his relics.

Although we celebrate his Feast Day on 25th July using the Roman Rite calendar, it was formerly on the 5th August on the Tridentine Rite calendar.


  1. Thank you for the work you have put into this site. It has been a big help to me as I plan my pilgrimage!

    In the Orthodox Church, the Apostle James is commemorated on April 30. To see a summary of Orthodox belief about St. James, please visit and select the date.

  2. Thanks for visiting. You can read more here: