The new king sent for him, but this time, James hid nothing. “I am a Christian,” he said. The king accused him of being ungrateful for all the honors his father, King Yezdigerd, had given him. “And where is your father now?” St. James calmly answered. The angry king threatened to put the saint to a terrible death. James replied, “May I die the death of the just.”
The king and his council condemned James to torture and death. But his fears had gone. He said, “This death which appears so dreadful is very little for the purchase of eternal life.” Then he told the executioners, “Begin your work.” He was executed by having his body cut apart into 28 pieces, beginning with his fingers (hence his surname “Intercisus” – meaning “cut to pieces”), and then beheaded. All the while, he kept declaring his faith that his body would one day rise in glory. St. James Intercisus died in 421.
The Church of St. James Intercisus situated in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem is dedicated to him.