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WORSHIP AT ST. LAIKA’S — 12 Comments

  1. JCF, Tradition is that he went on a missionary journey, took the Gospel to India and is buried there.

    FWIW
    jimB

  2. It used to be, Padre. Still is in the BCP. My guess is that they changed it because nobody could be arsed to celebrate it four days before Christmas. Of course, for all I know it is still December everywhere else.

  3. Wiki is your friend:

    When the feast of Saint Thomas was inserted in the Roman calendar in the 9th century, it was assigned to 21 December, although the Martyrology of St Jerome had a mention of the Apostle on 3 July, the date to which the Roman celebration was transferred in 1969, so that it would no longer interfere with the major ferial days of Advent.[9] 3 July was the day on which his relics were translated from Mylapore, a place along the coast of the Marina Beach, Chennai in India to the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia. Roman Catholics who follow a pre-1970 calendar and many Anglicans (including members of the Episcopal Church as well as members of the Church of England who worship according to the 1662 edition of the Book of Common Prayer[10]) still celebrate his feast day on 21 December.
    In addition, the Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches celebrate his feast day on October 6 (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, October 6 currently falls on October 19 of the modern Gregorian Calendar). He is also commemorated in common with all of the other apostles on June 30 (July 13), in a feast called the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. He is also associated with the “Arabian” (or “Arapet”) icon of the Theotokos (Mother of God), which is commemorated on September 6 (September 19).

  4. I’m well aware of the tradition, Jim (Argh, I keep getting patronized today! Must be my just rewards for playing hookey from church :-/). I’m just a little gobsmacked at the *patent* phoniness of the “relics”.

    What Padre Mickey said re the feast-date.

  5. In all seriousness I believe that Thomas founded the Christian community in Kerala. It is far more likely than the legend that Peter went to Rome. I would not be in the slightest bit surprised if the bones of the apostle were in that tomb. We are talking about India here. 2000 years is nothing compared to the recorded history of religion in that land.

  6. In all seriousness I believe that Thomas founded the Christian community in Kerala. It is far more likely than the legend that Peter went to Rome. I would not be in the slightest bit surprised if the bones of the apostle were in that tomb. We are talking about India here. 2000 years is nothing compared to the recorded history of religion in that land.

  7. JCF, I did not mean to be patronizing and I apologize.

    I did not know you were up on Thomas and thought it a good idea to fill in some of the blanks for the silent readers in any case. I try to remember Jonathon probably has 100 readers for every typist. Some of them are probably bloody Calvinists.

    FWIW
    jimB

    FWIW
    jimB