The icon shows St Thomas placing his hand in the Saviour’s side. ‘Do not be faithless, but believing’, says the Lord.

Tradition has it that Thomas went to India to proclaim the Gospel, and even today there is the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, based in Kerala, which owes its origins to him.

In our own day there is much pressure to fall away from the Faith, for it simply to drain away through indifference or negligence as well as outright persecution. We pray that we may not be faithless, but hold fast to what we have promised, for he who calls us is faithful. May God bless you this day.