Today, St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, LI, celebrated the Feast day (Perunal) of St. Thomas the Apostle, the patron saint of our parish.
Excerpt from the homily delivered by Fr. Andrew (Leeson) Daniel: “Tradition holds that St. Thomas came to India in 52 A.D to spread the Gospel. It is said that he had the fear of going to a foreign land but that did not stop him from going and preaching the Gospel. Throughout his ministry, he continued to seek out the truth by questioning his faith. Our Lord empowered St. Thomas and the other disciples by teaching them and bringing a certain discipline and order into their lives. By teaching these ordinary men, Christ entrusted the church to them. These men soon turned out to become apostolic leaders of the Church. St. Thomas had many doubts and questions about his faith, and yet, God used him as a tool to proclaim his divinity, the same way each and every one of us are called to do the same…”
The Chief Celebrant was Rev. Fr. Andrew (Leeson) Daniel, Vicar of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY.
We were blessed with the presence of Very Rev. T.M. Zachariah Chor Episcopos.& Very Rev. Paulose Adai Chor Episcopos, along with the vicar and the assistant vicar of the parish.
See more pictures from the service on the Photo Gallery.