Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festal day in honor of blessed Thomas the Martyr: at whose martyrdom the Angels rejoice, and praise the Son of God. (Psalm) Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just: praise becometh the upright. Glory be to the Father. Let us…
O God, for the sake of Whose Church the glorious Bishop Thomas fell by the sword of ungodly men: grant: we beseech Thee, that all who implore his aid, may obtain the good fruit of their petition. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Hebrews 5:1-6
Brethren: Every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God: that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins: who can have compassion on them that are ignorant and that err: because he himself also is compassed with infirmity. and therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. Neither doth any man take the honor to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was. So Christ also did not glorify Himself that He might be made a high priest; but He that said unto Him: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.
As He saith also in another place: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. There was not found the like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. I am the good Shepherd: and I know my sheep, and Mine know Me. Alleluia.
Gospel – John 10:11-16
At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd giveth His life for His sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth and scattereth the sheep: and the hireling fleeth, because he is a hireling and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me. As the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father: and I lay down My life for My sheep.
And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.
Thou hast set, O Lord, on his head a crown of precious stones: he asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given it to him, alleluia.
Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts dedicated to Thee, and by the intercession of blessed Thomas, Thy Martyr and Bishop, through them look upon us with mercy. Through our Lord.
I am the good Shepherd: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me.
May this Communion, O Lord, cleanse us from guilt; and, through the intercession of blessed Thomas, Thy Martyr and Bishop, make us partakers of the heavenly remedy. Through our Lord.