“#SantiagoMatamoros,” loosely translated this means #Saint #James conqueror of Moors. #JamesTheGreater was the first of the Apostles to shed his blood for the #faith, which brought life to the newborn Church, even before the Council of #Jerusalem. Although #Scripture Acts 12 clearly says that James was martyred by Herod Agrippa in the Holy Land, according to legend, he was the Apostle who carried the faith to Spain and whose relics are kept in the Cathedral in Santiago (Literally, #SaintJames). In spite of the differences between Scripture and legend, the spread of the Gospel to Spain and the presence of Saint James’ relics are certainly plausible, and not necessarily contradictory. One may rightly ask, “How could an apostle martyred before the Council of Jerusalem be given the title of ‘Conqueror of Moors?’” And even more so, “Why do we have images of him riding a horse with a sword drawn striking people down?” According to another legend, in 841 when the city was overrun by Moors, Saint James appeared on #horseback, and brandishing his blade he freed the city from its captors. From that time forward, the city was dedicated to this saint and #Spain took Saint James as their patron. The patron and namesake of this great city may or may not have appeared, but the #intercession of the saint on behalf of the people of the city have served as the catalyst of this #devotion, and inspired some imagery that may have lead to more than just a few questions about this #apostle who walked with Jesus and shed his own blood for the #Gospel.