St. Thomas Church is a vibrant, God-worshiping community of Orthodox Christians committed to fulfilling the body, mind and spiritual needs of all people.
St. Thomas Orthodox Church worships the Lord Jesus Christ as given by God through the Apostles. We humbly and warmly:
• Welcome all people to our place of holiness
• Serve their spiritual and physical needs
• Educate all people in a Christian context through fellowship and community outreach.
The Holy Apostle Thomas
The following is excerpted from the Prologue from Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich.
He was one of the twelve Great Apostles. Through his doubt of the Resurrection of the Lord Christ, a new confirmation was given of that wonderful and saving event, for the risen Lord appeared again to His disciples to convince Thomas.
The Lord said to Thomas: ‘Reach hither thy hand, and thrust into my side; and be not faithless, but believing’, and Thomas cried: ‘My Lord and my God!’ (John 20). After the descent of the Holy Spirit, when the Apostles cast lots to see who would go where to preach the Gospel, it fell to Thomas to go to India. He was somewhat saddened at having to go so far away, but the Lord appeared to him and comforted him. In India, St. Thomas converted many, both rich and poor, to the Christian faith, and founded a Church there, making priest and bishops.
Among others, St Thomas converted two sisters, Tertiana and Mygdonia, wives of Indian princes. Both sisters were ill-treated for their faith by their husbands, who would not live with them after their baptism and divorced them. Being free from their marriages, they lived godly lives till their deaths. Dionysius and Pelagia, a couple at first betrothed to each other, heard the Apostle’s teaching and did not live together, but devoted themselves to the ascetic life. Pelagia died a martyr for the Faith and Dionysius was made bishop by the Apostle.
Prince Misdaeus, the husband of Tertiana, whose wife and son Iuzanes Thomas baptized, condemned the Apostle to death, and sent five soldiers who ran him through their lances. Thus the holy Apostle Thomas gave his soul into the hands of his Christ. Before his death, he, with the other Apostles, was miraculously borne to Jerusalem for the funeral of the most holy Mother of God. Arriving late, he grieved bitterly and, at his request, the tomb of the Most Pure was opened, but the body was not there; the Lord had taken His Mother to His heavenly home. Thus St. Thomas first, by his unbelief, confirmed the faith in the Resurrection of the Lord and then, by his late arrival, revealed to us the wondrous glorification of the Mother of God.