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‏Martyrdom of St.

Jun 3, 2021

‏Martyrdom of St.Thomas, the Apostle

‏ On this day St. Thomas the apostle was martyred.

‏He was born in Galilee, and the Lord chose him among the twelve disciples (Mathew 10:3).

‏When the Lord wanted to go to raise Lazarus from the dead,

‏Thomas said to the other disciples: " (John 11:16).

‏He also asked the Lord at the supper: " (John 14:5-6).

‏When the Lord Christ appeared to the disciples after the resurrection, and said to them "Receive the Holy Spirit", Thomas was absent.

‏On his return, the disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." He said to them: " (John 20:19-29).

‏After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in the Upper room in Zion,

‏the apostles dispersed everywhere to preach the Gospel, Thomas went to India.

‏He worked there as a slave at one of the friends of the king, whose name was Lukios,

‏who brought him to the king who inquired about his profession.

‏Thomas said: "I am builder, carpenter and a physician.

‏He preached in his master's palace, and Lukios' wife believed and all his household.

‏The king asked him about his achievements, and he said: "The palaces that I built were the souls that have become the temples of the King of Glory;

‏the carpentry that I did was the Gospel that removes the thorns of sin;

‏and the medicines I practiced are the Holy Mysteries which heal the poison of the evil one.

‏The king became angry and tortured him, and bound him among four poles,

‏cut off his skin and rubbed his wounds with salt and lime.

‏The apostle Thomas endured the pains. Lukios' wife saw him suffering, and she fell from the window and died.

‏Lukios came to him and said: "If you raise my wife from the dead, I believe in your God."

‏Thomas went to the room where the dead body was, and said: "Arsabona (Arsonia),

‏rise up in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ."

‏She rose instantly and bowed to the Saint.

‏When her husband saw that, he believed and many more with him from the people of the city,

‏and Thomas baptized them.

‏Once the sea drove a huge tree to the shore that no one could lift it up.

‏St. Thomas asked the king for permission to lift it up and to use its wood in building a church.

‏He got the permission, he made the sign of the cross,

‏and he raised it and later he built the church,

‏to which he ordained a bishop and priests.

‏ St. Thomas left and went to a city called "Kantoura" (Kontaria),

‏where he found an old man weeping bitterly because the king killed his six children.

‏The Saint prayed over them, and the Lord raised them up.

‏The idol priests were angry,

‏and wanted to stone him.

‏The first raised a stone to throw it at him, and his hand was paralyzed.

‏The Saint prayed over his hand, he was healed instantly,

‏and all the idol priests believed in the Lord Christ.

‏Then St. Thomas went to the city of "Parkenas" and other cities,

‏where he preached in the Name of Jesus Christ.

‏The king heard about him, and he put him in prison.

‏When he found out that he was teaching the prisoners the way of God,

‏he tortured him, and at last he cut his head off, and he received the crown of martyrdom.

‏He was buried in "Melibar", then his body was relocated to El-Raha.

‏May His prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.

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