St. Thomas
(1st cent.)

One of the twelve apostles, also called the Doubter, since he questioned the resurrection of Christ. He is mentioned in the New Testament in several places (eg. John 20:24), and was also called "Didymos", "The Twin".

One of the apocryphal gospels are accredited to him. In this gospel Christ is to have said that God is in nature and not buildings, and that women even preached.

According to legend St. Thomas made missionary journeys in the East and was martyred there.

In art he is often depicted as an old man who is either holding or being pierced by a lance. He is also shown putting his fingers in the wounds of Christ to make sure what he sees is real.

Orthodox nameday: 4/5 (date changes)

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