St. James the Less, also known as James, son of Alphaeus or James the Younger, was one of the Twelve chosen by Jesus and is believed to have been a bishop of a church consisting mainly of Jewish converts. He is thought to have been born around the 1st century CE and his feast day is celebrated on May 3 in the Western Church and October 9 in the Eastern Church.
He is believed to be the same person as James, brother of Jesus and son of Alphaeus. His mother Mary was either a sister or close relative of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is thought that he wrote his epistle around 49 AD, although some scholars believe it was written after St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans.
St. James was subject to persecution from Jews who were angered by St. Paul's appeal to Caesar in 60 AD. Despite this, his singular virtue earned him respect from even those who persecuted him. The oriental liturgy or mass which bears his name is mentioned by Proclus, patriarch of Constantinople and by the council in Trullo and is considered very ancient.
Francisco de Zurbarán was a Spanish painter of the 17th century. He is known for his religious paintings depicting monks, nuns, and martyrs, as well as his still-lifes. He was the leading painter in Seville between 1623 and 1650s, and is renowned for his use of tenebrism.