Office of Readings
The Feast of St. Thomas
July 3
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O, God, make speed to save us.
O, Lord, make haste to help us.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One
Have mercy on us (3x)



The Psalms

Ant. 1: Their sound has gone out to the world, their words to the ends of the earth.

1
The heavens declare the glory of God, *
     and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2
One day tells its tale to another, *
     and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3
Although they have no words or language, *
     and their voices are not heard,
4
Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
     and their message to the ends of the world.
5
In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
     it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
     it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6
It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
     nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
Ant. 1: Their sound has gone out to the world, their words to the ends of the earth.

Ant. 2: They proclaimed what God has done for us; they grasped the meaning of his deeds.

1
Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; *
     protect my life from fear of the enemy.
2
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, *
     from the mob of evildoers.
3
They sharpen their tongue like a sword, *
     and aim their bitter words like arrows,
4
That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush; *
     they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
5
They hold fast to their evil course; *
     they plan how they may hide their snares.
6
They say, "Who will see us?
     who will find out our crimes? *
     we have thought out a perfect plot."
7
The human mind and heart are a mystery; *
     but God will loose an arrow at them,
     and suddenly they will be wounded.
8
He will make them trip over their tongues, *
     and all who see them will shake their heads.
9
Everyone will stand in awe and declare God's deeds; *
     they will recognize his works.
10
The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, *
     and all who are true of heart will glory.
Ant. 2: They proclaimed what God has done for us; they grasped the meaning of his deeds.


Ant. 3: God's holiness was revealed by them; all nations saw God's glory.

1
The LORD is King;
let the earth rejoice; *
     let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2
Clouds and darkness are round about him, *
     righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
3
A fire goes before him *
     and burns up his enemies on every side.
4
His lightnings light up the world; *
     the earth sees it and is afraid.
5
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
     at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6
The heavens declare his righteousness, *
     and all the peoples see his glory.
7
Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in false gods! *
     Bow down before him, all you gods.
8
Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
     because of your judgments, O LORD.
9
For you are the LORD,
most high over all the earth; *
     you are exalted far above all gods.
10
The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
     he preserves the lives of his saints
     and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11
Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
     and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
     and give thanks to his holy Name.

Ant. 3: God's holiness was revealed by them; all nations saw God's glory.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Biblical Reading

1 Corinthians 4:1-16

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of Godís mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they should be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.

I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, ĎNothing beyond what is writtení, so that none of you will be puffed up in favour of one against another. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Quite apart from us you have become kings! Indeed, I wish that you had become kings, so that we might be kings with you! For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, as though sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to mortals. We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honour, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless, and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.

I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me.

Reading from the Church Fathers

From a homily on the Gospels by Saint Gregory the Great

Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. He was the only disciple absent; on his return he heard what had happened but refused to believe it. The Lord came a second time; he offered his side for the disbelieving disciple to touch, held out his hands, and showing the scars of his wounds, healed the wound of his disbelief.

Dearly beloved, what do you see in these events? Do you really believe that it was by chance that this chosen disciple was absent, then came and heard, heard and doubted, doubted and touched, touched and believed? It was not by chance but in Godís providence. In a marvellous way Godís mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his masterís body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to belief, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened. So the disciple who doubted, then felt Christís wounds, becomes a witness to the reality of the resurrection.

Touching Christ, he cried out: My Lord and my God. Jesus said to him: Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Paul said: Faith is the guarantee of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. It is clear, then, that faith is the proof of what can not be seen. What is seen gives knowledge, not faith. When Thomas saw and touched, why was he told: You have believed because you have seen me? Because what he saw and what he believed were different things. God cannot be seen by mortal man. Thomas saw a human being, whom he acknowledged to be God, and said: My Lord and my God. Seeing, he believed; looking at one who was true man, he cried out that this was God, the God he could not see.

What follows is reason for great joy: Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. There is here a particular reference to ourselves; we hold in our hearts one we have not seen in the flesh. We are included in these words, but only if we follow up our faith with good works. The true believer practises what he believes. But of those who pay only lip service to faith, Paul has this to say: They profess to know God, but they deny him in their works. Therefore James says: Faith without works is dead.

Te Deum Laudamus

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.


COLLECT
Grant, almighty God,
that we may glory in the Feast of the blessed Apostle Thomas,
so that we may always be sustained by his intercession
and, believing, may have life
in the name of Jesus Christ your Son,
whom Thomas acknowledged as the Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



 
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