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St. James the Greater Medals

St. James the Greater is the patron saint of arthritis, Chile, hatmakers, laborers, milliners, rheumatism and veterinarians.

Brother to St. John the Apostle, St. James the Greater is called such to distinguish him from St. James the Apostle (the Less) who was probably shorter in stature.

In one story about St. James the Greater, he brought a boy who had been unjustly hanged back to life after a period of five weeks. The boy's father was having supper when he was told about this miraculous event. The father responded by stating that his son was no more alive than the roasted bird on the table. At these words, the cooked bird sat up, sprouted feathers, and made its escape by flying away!