Catholic Saints

Saint Thomas

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Thomas
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Thomas
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Thomas
  • What is Saint Thomas the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Thomas is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Thomas

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Thomas
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Architects, Builders and India
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: 3rd July formally December 21st
  • One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus
  • Date of Death: Saint Thomas died in c72
  • Cause of Death: Stabbed

Who or what is Saint Thomas the patron saint of?
Saint Thomas is the patron of Architects, Builders and India. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Thomas
The story and history of Saint Thomas. Thomas was also called the Twin (Didymus) was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He was a loyal follower of Jesus at the time of the crucifixion in Jerusalem. Like the rest of His followers Thomas was devastated at the death of his Master. When he heard the news of the resurrection from other disciples he was unable to believe this to be true. Jesus then appeared again and rebuked Thomas for being his lack of faith and being so unwilling to believe. Thomas received the proof of the resurrection seeing the points where the nails had penetrated Christ's hands and the wounds in His sides where the spear had penetrated.  the point of the nails and putting his fingers in the place of the nails and his hand into His side. Thomas then put his fingers in the places where the wounds were inflicted. So came about the story of  'Doubting Thomas'. Thomas the Apostle, reluctantly at first, undertook to preach in Persia and India, where many people converted to Christianity. Thomas died in India, stabbed to death by opposes of the Christian teachings.

Death of Saint Thomas
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Thomas died in A.D. c72. Cause of Death: Stabbed. 

Why is Saint Thomas the patron of Architects, Builders and India?
Why is Saint Thomas is the patron of Architects, Builders and India?  Due to the Golden Legend where he is said to have been sent as an architect to build a great palace for Gondoforus the King of the Indies.

How Saint Thomas is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Thomas in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Thomas is represented in Christian Art with a builder's square.

Feast Day of Saint Thomas
The Feast Day of Saint Thomas is 3rd July formally December 21st. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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