Sunday, December 17, 2017 UTC

OCT 8, 10 & 11: COMMEMORATION OF ST. THOMAS – APOSTLE (OCT 6TH) & 18TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF JAMES ALPHEUS APOSTLE (OCT 9TH)

st-thomas-icon-756 OCT 8: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM; OCT 10 – DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM- 11:00 AM; OCT 11 – DIVINE LITURGY – 6 PM.

Today’s Gospel Reading is Luke 7: 11-16, in which Jesus raises a widow’s son. In the passage Jesus travels to Nain, where his compassion for a grieving widow leads him to return her only son to life. In restoring her son, Jesus not only soothes her grief, he also restores her chances of surviving within society. Jesus is motivated simply by compassion for a widow facing a future of jeopardy.

We commemorate on October 6th, St. Thomas, Apostle, sometimes called Doubting Thomas or Didymus which means “The Twin”, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament. He is best known from the account in the Gospel of Saint John, where he questioned Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it, followed by his confession of faith as both “My Lord and my God” on seeing and touching Jesus’ wounded body. Traditionally, he is said to have traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, traveling as far as India. He is often regarded as the Patron Saint of India, and the name Thomas remains quite popular among Saint Thomas Christians of India.

On October 9th we commemorate James, son of Alpheus, Apostle. The Holy Apostle James (also known as the lesser) was one of the 12 Apostles. He was the brother of the holy Evangelist Matthew.  James heard the Lord’s words and witnessed His miracles.  After the Descent of the Holy Spirit, he and the Apostle Andrew the First-Called made missionary journeys throughout Judea, Edessa, Gaza, and Eleutheropolis, proclaiming the Gospel, healing all sorts of sickness and disease, and converting many. St James finished his apostolic work in the Egyptian city of Ostrachina, where he was crucified by the pagans.

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