The icon below comes from the church of St John the Baptist, Chesmenskaya, and is in the public domain. It shows the central image of today’s feast, the moment when Thomas places his hand in the Saviour’s side and exclaims: ‘My Lord and my God!’

Here is part of an Orthodox hymn for the feast: ‘With his searching right hand, Thomas did probe Your life-bestowing side, O Christ God …’

Today, let us make our own affirmation of faith; and may God bless you in so doing.