Saint Thomas images – Infant Jesus Church, Sacramento, CA

A very important figure in the Syro-Malabar Church, Saint Thomas the Apostle, is honored with two images in the church.

The first is a color painting of the Saint on the upper wall to the right of the sanctuary. In this image, Saint Thomas is holding a spear in his right hand symbolizing the manner of his martyrdom and a scroll in his left. The famous story of the testimony of Thomas’ faith is recorded in the Gospel of John, Chapter 20, verses 24-29: Thomas was not present the first time that Jesus appeared to His apostles in the upper room. Upon hearing of this, Thomas said that he would not believe that Jesus had appeared “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” One week later, Jesus again appeared to the apostles and Thomas was there. Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas responded with his famous utterance of faith and belief, “My Lord and my God” – which is written in Syriac on the upper border of the painting over Thomas’ haloed head.

In addition, a colorful statue of Saint Thomas the Apostle stands in front of a pillar on the right side of the nave. Again, the Saint holds a spear in his right hand, and in his left is a plaque inscribed with his statement at Jesus’ appearance in the upper room.

The Syro-Malabar Church traces its origin to Saint Thomas the Apostle, who landed on the Malabar Coast of Kerala, India at Cranganore in 52 A.D. Read more about the Syro-Malabar Church on the next page

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