Thy unbelief doth heal the unbelief of all

THE dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

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THE Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle today (October 6).

Icons describe his meeting with the risen Jesus not as ‘doubting Thomas’ but as ‘the faith of Thomas’. The message of the day’s liturgy is that because he insisted on tangible proof, Thomas was uniquely able to confirm for us the reality of the bodily resurrection, and the boundless love which God longs to share with us.

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An icon of the Belief of St Thomas the Apostle (15th century, Russian)

“None may gainsay it, thou didst examine the marks of the nails and the lance”. An icon of the Belief of St Thomas the Apostle (15th century, Russian)

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THY unbelief, O Thomas, blessed saint, doth heal the soul-destroying unbelief of all; for none may gainsay it, thou didst examine the marks of the nails and the lance.

THOU didst let fly thine Apostle, O Christ the giver of life, like a sharpened bolt into the hearts of our enemies, and he brought their spoils unto thee.

THOU didst destroy idolatrous sacrifices, O compassionate Lord, when thou wast sacrificed upon the tree, and by the holy sacrifice of the Apostles, speaking as from God, who imitated thy sufferings.

Theotokion

WHAT a wonder this is, this latest wonder among all the wonders! That a virgin should conceive, without knowing any man, him that hath in his hand all that is, yet she is not straitened.

At Matins on the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle. Source.

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I NEED not tell Thee who I am,
My misery and sin declare;
Thyself hast called me by my name,
Look on Thy hands, and read it there;
But who, I ask Thee, who art Thou?
Tell me Thy name, and tell me now.

’Tis Love! ’tis Love! Thou diedst for me!
I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all, Thy bowels move;
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

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