In the gospels, Thomas is often called Didymus, (Greek meaning a twin). His name Thomas comes from the Aramaic word t’oma, which also means twin. He is generally believed by scholars to have been the twin brother of our patron, St James the Less. He was a very loyal follower of Our Lord and John’s Gospel tells us that when Jesus heard of the death of Lazarus and announced his intention of going to Bethany to awaken him at the risk of his own life, Thomas said to the other disciples, ‘Let us also go that we may die with him’.
Thomas’ name became a symbol of scepticism because of his refusal at first to believe in the resurrection of Our Lord.
Thomas is looked on as the Apostle of India for it is believed that he travelled there on a missionary journey and was murdered in that country in AD72. He is often regarded as the Patron Saint of India.
Prayer for the Feast of St Thomas
Almighty and eternal God, who, for the firmer foundation of our faith, allowed the apostle Thomas to doubt the resurrection of your Son until word and sight convinced him: grant that we who have not seen, may also believe, and so receive the fullness of your Son’s blessing; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.