Daily Martyrology for July 3

St. Thomas the Apostle. There are several traditions about where he went after Pentecost, the strongest possibility being the Malabar coast of southern India, which he could have reached via trading ship. The Malabar Christians are descended from both natives and Jews from the diaspora who converted in the earliest days of Christianity; the language of their liturgy is Syriac, though their vernacular is Malayalam. They maintained strong ties with the East Syrian Christians of Mesopotamia. According to the Christians of Malabar, Thomas was martyred near Madras in 73 AD.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.