I am Theodore.
I was a friend and helper of the great apostle,
James, and I am here to tell you a little more about him and how it
happened that his relics are venerated in Spain.
James was the fourth person Jesus called to follow him. In the
Gospels, you read how at certain times Jesus would take with him just
Peter, James, and John. When Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus
from the dead, James was there. When Jesus was transfigured on the
mountaintop, James was there. When Jesus prayed in agony in the
garden at Gethsemane, James was there. James was a special witness
to the Lord.
After the resurrection of Jesus, and the giving of the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with courage and began to spread the
good news about Jesus far and wide. That was when I met James and
began to help him in his ministry. We traveled as far as Spain to
preach the Gospel, but no one listened. In fact, James only
managed to convince two people to find out more about Jesus! So we
went home again to Jerusalem. It wasn't safe to be a follower of
Jesus, and James was executed by King Herod. He was the first of
the apostles to be martyred. Anastasius and I took his body and
set sail in a boat. But the boat had no rudder, and so we just
drifted along, until we landed in Spain. It was a miracle that we
were led back to this place where we had preached the Gospel to so
Centuries later, the bishop of the place had a vision, and a bright star
led him to the tomb of the Apostle. That is one explanation for
how the city came to be called 'Compostela,' which is said to mean,
'field of stars.' Ever since that time, pilgrims have streamed to
Santiago de Compostela to pray at the tomb of the Apostle. And
Anastasius and I are still there -- buried next to our friend James.