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Day 7 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Bashans, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.
The Twenty-Sixth Day of the Blessed Month of Bashans
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
(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
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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