Today the fragrance of spring is shed forth, and the new creation shall rejoice. Today the locks shall be lifted from the doors with the faithlessness of the beloved Thomas, as he shouteth out, Thou art my Lord and my God.
-Orthros of the Feast
On the second Sunday of Pascha, we inaugurate the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, and the occasion whereon the Holy Apostle Thomas touched the Savior’s side.
On April 22, 2015, Metropolitan Paul and Archbishop Youhanna will complete their second year in captivity. Therefore, His Beatitude Patriarch John X and His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph have dedicated St.Thomas Sunday as a day of prayers for them. All clergy are requested to print the attached statement from His Beatitude Patriarch John X and distribute it to all parishioners.
As the Disciples were gathered together on the Sunday following the Resurrection, Jesus entered and greeted them in His usual way, saying, “Peace be unto you.” Then He showed them His hands, feet and side. Jesus ate before His Disciples and reassured them of His Resurrection. However, Thomas was not with them at that time, and insisted upon seeing the Savior’s scars— the print of the nails in His hands and feet, and the spear in His side—before he would believe that Jesus was risen. The Master told Thomas to see and feel. Then Thomas immediately cried out, “My Lord and my God!” But Jesus tells His Disciples, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” This also clearly illustrates the two Natures of Christ: the human and the divine.
By the intercessions of Thine Apostle Thomas, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.
–Synaxarion of the Feast
|Statement of Patriarch John X, English (PDF)||213.62 KB|
|Statement of Patriarch John X, Arabic (PDF)||199.74 KB|