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St. Thomas


December 21

Epistle  •  Ephesians 2:19-22

Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews.

[The Apostles are the foundation of the Church, Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.]

Brethren, you are no more strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow-citizens with the Saints, and domestics of God: built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets. Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. In Whom all the building being framed together, groweth up into a holy temple in the Lord. In Whom you also are built together into a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Gospel  •  John 20:24-29

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.  

[The Evangelist shows us how Our Lord Jesus Christ, twice appearing in the Cenacle, dispelled the doubts of the Apostle Thomas, and praised those who, without having seen Him, believed in Him.]

At that time: Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.

And after eight days, again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Then He saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see My hands, and bring hither thy hand, and put it into My side; and be not faithless, but believing.

Thomas answered and said to Him: My Lord and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.

Read a Brief Summary: St. Thomas - Apostle