Resources for the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle

These are resources for the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, normally observed on July 3 in the modern calendars of Western Christianity, but which we will observe as our patronal feast on Sunday, July 5, 2020. The resources are gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful.

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An icon of St Thomas as a young man.

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There are several ways you can join in worship this coming Sunday, July 5, 2020.

First, you can join us for worship in person.

  • We meet this coming Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 11:00 am EEST at the Tabernacle of the Church of St Thomas, Kefalas.
  • It will be a Holy Communion according to Common Worship.
  • People should come only if they are comfortable with being out and about as the pandemic restrictions are being lifted, and are in good health.
  • Those of you were were there last week and are coming again, please remember to return with your hymn book, psalter, and service booklet!

We will ensure that the mobile phone(s) functioning as the internet “hotspot” and camera do not overheat this week!  You can join us in the worship service via Zoom. Click on the link below, or enter the information at right into your Zoom app: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Password: 010209:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85044839927?pwd=TkQ1cHEzNUNjSjVCNTNJVUJwSkZaQT09

Third, you can simply do it all yourself – read the lessons and pray the prayers below, as well as listen to the recorded sermon, and intersperse it all by clicking on the links to the hymns.

Saint Thomas

“Saint Thomas” (1608 – 1614), oil on canvas, by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos & workshop).  Copyright ©Museo Nacional del Prado

Read

  • The readings for Holy Communion on the Feast of St Thomas, according to the Church of England’s Common Worship Lectionary, are Habakkuk 2.1-4, Psalm 31.1-6, Ephesians 2.19-22, and John 20.24-29.
  • These are identical to the Revised Common Lectionary readings used in The Episcopal Church in the USA and the Anglican Church of Canada, except that The Episcopal Church uses Psalm 126 and Hebrews 10:35-11:1 as the psalm and second reading, and the Anglican Church of Canada uses Hebrews 10:35-11:1 as an alternative to the Habbakuk passage.
  • The Anglican Church of Canada observes this feast on July 3, whereas The Episcopal Church still uses the older Book of Common Prayer day of December 21.

Reflect

After I have preached the sermon on Sunday I will add it as a new post.

In the meantime, here is an expanded version of an older sermon, from five years ago, preached on the Second Sunday of Easter at St Matthias, Victoria, highlighting the Gospel of Thomas and what it means and does not mean for us.

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“St Thomas” (1610 – 1612) as an old man, by Peter Paul Rubens

Pray

Collect
Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Intercession
In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Hear our prayers, O Lord our God.
Hear us, good Lord.

Govern and direct your holy Church; fill it with love and truth;
and grant it that unity which is your will.
Hear us, good Lord.

Give us boldness to preach the gospel in all the world,
and to make disciples of all the nations.
Hear us, good Lord.

Enlighten Robert and David, our bishops, and all your ministers with knowledge
and understanding, that by their teaching and their lives
they may proclaim your word.
Hear us, good Lord.

Give your people grace to hear and receive your word,
and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
Hear us, good Lord.

Bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived.
Hear us, good Lord.

Strengthen those who stand, comfort and help the faint-hearted;
raise up the fallen; and finally beat down Satan under our feet.
Hear us, good Lord.

Guide the leaders of the nations into the ways of peace and justice.
Hear us, good Lord.

Guard and strengthen your servant, Katerini Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece (Kατερίνη Σακελλαροπούλου, Πρόεδρος), that she may put her trust in you, and seek your honour and glory.
Hear us, good Lord.

Endue the Parliament of the Hellenes (Βουλή των Ελλήνων), and Kyriakos Mitsotakis the Prime Minister (Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης, Πρωθυπουργός), and all the ministers of the Republic, with wisdom and understanding.
Hear us, good Lord.

Bless those who administer the law, that they may uphold
justice, honesty and truth.
Hear us, good Lord.

Give us the will to use the fruits of the earth to your glory,
and for the good of all creation.
Hear us, good Lord.

Bless and keep all your people.
Hear us, good Lord.

Help and comfort the lonely, the bereaved and the oppressed.
Lord, have mercy.

Keep in safety those who travel, and all who are in danger.
Lord, have mercy.

Heal the sick in body and mind, and provide for the homeless,
the hungry, and the destitute.
Lord, have mercy.

Show your pity on prisoners and refugees, and all who are in trouble.
Lord, have mercy.

Forgive our enemies, persecutors and slanderers, and turn their hearts.
Lord, have mercy.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the peace of Christ, both those who have confessed the faith and those whose faith is known to you alone, and grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
Lord, have mercy.

For the Church:

  • For Justin Welby, our Archbishop of Canterbury & Primate of All England, and Stephen Cottrell the Archbishop of York and Primate of England;
  • for Robert Innes & David Hamid, our Bishops here in the Diocese in Europe;
  • for the churches and peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia (World Council of Churches Ecumenical Prayer Cycle);
  • for the united Church of Pakistan and its Moderator, The Most Revd Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshawar; and
  • (from the Prayer Diary of the Diocese in Europe) for the Bishop’s Office in Brussels,
    • for Meurig Williams in his role as Bishop’s Chaplain,
    • Gail Wilmet (Bishop’s Personal Assistant (“PA”)),
    • Damian Thwaites in his role as Bishop’s Attaché to the European Institutions,
    • Barbara Omoro (Appointments Secretary) and
    • Caroline Gaumy (Administrative Secretary)

For Government

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About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-bryant-scott-4205501a/
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