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Patriarchate of Jerusalem: The Sunday of Thomas

On Sunday, April 29 / May 12, 2024, the Sunday of Thomas was celebrated in the Patriarchate.

On this feast, the event of the appearance of the Lord on the 8th day since the Resurrection was celebrated when Thomas was also with the other Disciples and he recognised the Lord and confessed the Lord and said: “My Lord and my God” (John, 20,28).

This feast was celebrated in the Catholicon of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with Vespers on Saturday afternoon and the Liturgy on Sunday morning which were officiated by the Patriarchal Commissioner, His Eminence Metropolitan Isychios of Capitolias. Co-celebrants to His Eminence on Sunday morning at the Holy Sepulchre were their Eminences, the Archbishops Theodosios of Sebasteia and Dimitrios of Lydda, Holy Sepulchre Hieromonks with the Master of Ceremonies Archimandrite Bartholomew and Hierodeacon Simeon. The chanting was delivered by Priest Ioannis Antoniou and the Patriarchal School of Zion students as the service was attended by the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr Dimitrios Angelosopoulos and pilgrims from various Orthodox countries.

After the Liturgy, the Episcopal Entourage returned to the Patriarchate Reception Hall where His Eminence addressed those present as follows:

“The Apostle Thomas was absent when Christ, after His Resurrection, visited His Disciples in the Upper Room, where they were confined. When he was informed about the visit of Christ, he asked to see Him and feel the wounds of the Cross in His hands and side. When Christ visited His Disciples again after eight days, invited the Apostle Thomas to feel the marks of the wounds on His Body. Then the Apostle Thomas recognised Him and confessed Him as his Lord and God. He recognised Him from the wounds of the Cross, which are a sign of His love, but also of His power. The Holy Fathers call the confession of Thomas ‘redeeming’. And truly, it leads to salvation for all those who address it to Christ, humbly seeking His mercy.

The fact that the Apostle Thomas was initially absent during the appearance of Christ to His Disciples, seems to have been God’s economy, to make the miracle of the Resurrection believable and to dissolve any kind of doubt.

The Apostle Thomas, after Pentecost, preached the Gospel to the Parthians, Persians, Medes and Indians and had a martyr’s end.

I raise a glass to the health and longevity of our Father and Patriarch, Theophilos III and all of the Holy Sepulchre Brotherhood. Christ is Risen. Many happy returns!”

From Secretariat-General

Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem