Saints Bio: St. Thomas, Apostle & Martyr
St. Thomas was one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles and he is best known for doubting the Resurrection when the others first told him about it. He is also the one who declared Jesus’ divinity when he saw him a week later as he gathered with the other Apostles to celebrate the Holy Communion. “My Lord and my God,” he confessed before our Lord and the others. He is known to have been a strong missionary to Syria and India where he worked miracles and built churches. Egeria, a Gallic woman who made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 381-384, wrote several long letters to a circle of woman in her homeland. In one letter she described her visit to Edessa where St. Thomas was venerated:
“We arrived at Edessa in the Name of Christ our God, and, on our arrival, we straightway repaired to the church and memorial of Saint Thomas. There, according to custom, prayers were made and the other things that were customary in the holy places were done; we read also some things concerning Saint Thomas himself. The church there is very great, very beautiful and of new construction, well worthy to be the house of God, and as there was much that I desired to see, it was necessary for me to make a three days’ stay there.”
From Edessa Thomas sailed to India in 52 AD to spread the Gospel among the Jews, but his greatest fruit was with the India itself.