ST THOMAS, APOSTLE – FEAST: JULY 3
Thomas the Apostle, also called the Twin, was a Galilean. After he had received the Holy Spirit, he travelled through many provinces, preaching the Gospel of Christ.
He transmitted the precepts of the Christian faith and life to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, and Bactrians. He finally went to India and instructed the inhabitants in the Christian religion.
Up to the last, by the holiness of his life and teaching, and by the greatness of the miracles which he wrought, he excited the admiration of all men, and led them to the love of Jesus Christ.
The king of the nation, a worshipper of idols, was furiously angry; by whose orders he was condemned to be pierced by javelins, and the crown of martyrdom decorated the glory of his apostolate at Calamina. (text from: Breviary 1964)
as we honour Thomas the apostle,
let us always experience the help of his prayers.
May we have eternal life by believing in Jesus,
whom Thomas acknowledged as Lord.
Who lives and reigns…