A Garner of Saints – Saint Thomas the Apostle

Saint Thomas the ApostleArticle

After the Ascension he preached in Caesarea, until the Lord appeared to him to send him to India, where the King Gundaphorus was in request of a clever architect. Journeying by sea he came to a city where the king was celebrating the marriage of his daughter. Thomas went in and was at once recognised as a Hebrew by a young Jewess who came and sang the praises of God before him. But the butler seeing that he neither ate nor drank, but remained with his eyes turned heavenwards, came and struck him on the cheek. When the butler, soon after, went to fetch water from the spring, a lion came and killed him, while dogs tore him to pieces, one of them bringing his right arm into the middle of the feast. The guests were greatly astonished, but the Jewess threw aside her flute and came and knelt at the apostle’s feet. At the king’s request Thomas blessed the bride and bridegroom. And they went away and dreamed that a king appeared to them saying, “My apostle has blessed you that you may have life eternal.” When they awoke the apostle came to them and enjoined chastity upon them, and as he spoke two angels appeared, offering them whatever they should desire if they would follow the apostle’s advice. The apostle then baptized them, teaching them the truths of the faith. Thomas next proceeded to the king of the Indies who gave him the plan of a magnificent palace, with rich treasures, and then departed. But Thomas gave the treasures to the poor, and converted many by his preaching. After two years the king returned, and when he learned what had happened he put Thomas and Abbanes his companion into prison, intending to burn them. Meanwhile, Gad, the king’s brother, died, and a magnificent tomb was prepared for him. However, on the fourth day the dead man arose, to the astonishment of all. And Gad told the king that Thomas was the friend of God, and that the angels had shown him a magnificent palace which the apostle had builtfor the king, who had however proved himself unworthy of it, and the angels counselled Gad to return to earth and redeem his brother in giving him back the money which he thought he had lost. After this Gad ran to the prison and released the apostle, while the king came and asked his pardon. A month later the apostle assembled all the poor of the province and separating the sick from their midst he prayed to God and immediately they were all healed, and he preached to them, converting many. After this Thomas went into Upper India working many miracles. But having induced Migdonia, the wife of Carisius, to preserve her chastity, her husband, who was related to the king, caused the apostle to be cast into prison. Here he was visited by Migdonia, and when the queen came to argue with the new convert, she also was prevailed upon to believe in Christ. And the queen refused to have further commune with the king, whereat he was greatly astonished. And he caused Thomas to be brought before him, bound hand and foot, and commanded him to reconcile the wives to their husbands. Thomas, however, showed that this was impossible and the king flew into a rage and caused red hot pieces of iron to be placed under the apostle’s feet. But fountains sprang up and quenched them. Thomas was next thrown into a burning furnace, which grew cold the instant he entered it, so that he came out unhurt. Then Carisius suggested that he should be made to sacrifice to the god of the sun, but Thomas commanded the devil in the idol to break it to pieces as soon as he knelt before it, and as he knelt and prayed to God the idol melted like wax. Then the priests groaned aloud and the bishop of the temple seized a sword and ran Thomas through the body. When the king and Carisius perceived that the people were about to avenge the apostle, and were buming the bishop alive, they fled away. 21st December.

Attributes

  • Builder’s rule; sometimes, but rarely, a spear.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Thomas the Apostle”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 April 2017. Web. 25 June 2017. <>