St Thomas History
Saint Thomas Day, also known as St. Thomas the Apostle's Feast Day, is a Christian celebration honoring Saint Thomas. Saint Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, who played a significant role in establishing Christianity in India.St. Thomas is believed to have arrived in Kerala, India, in 52 AD to spread the message of Christianity. Despite initial opposition and persecution, St. Thomas succeeded in establishing a strong Christian community in India. He was eventually martyred in Chennai in 72 AD.
In New Zealand, St. Thomas Day is primarily celebrated by the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, which has a significant presence in the country. The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is a branch of the Catholic Church that follows the East Syriac Rite and has its origins in the Church founded by St. Thomas in India. The celebration involves special prayers and masses, and it is an occasion for the community to come together and strengthen their faith.
During the St. Thomas Day celebrations, the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church emphasizes the importance of spreading Christ's message through evangelization, just like St. Thomas did in India. The day promotes the Christian values of love, peace, and unity and is a time for the community to reflect on their faith journey and the challenges they have faced. Saint Thomas Day is observed annually on July 3rd.
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