St. Thomas the Apostle





 We light the EVENING CANDLE and say or sing:

Jesus Christ is the Light of the World!

~The Light no darkness can extinguish!


Throughout all the Earth their voices carry;

~Their message resounds with hope for all!



Th’ Eternal Gifts of Christ the King, Th’ Apostles’ glory let us sing,

And all with hearts of gladness raise Due hymns of thankful love and praise.


Their faith in Christ, the Lord, prevailed; Their hope, a light that never failed;

Their love ablaze o’er pathways trod To lead them to our loving God.


In them the Abba’s glory shone, In them the will of God’s own Son,

In them exults the Holy Ghost, Through them rejoice the heav’ly host.


O great Redeemer hear our cry, That you would join to them on high

Your servants, who this grace implore, Forever and for ever more. Amen.

Text: Aeterna Christi Munera, Ambrose of Milan, tr. .M. Neale, alt.  Tune: JESU DULCIS MEMORIA







No one has any more love or charity,

than willingness to die for a neighbor

laying down one’s own life.

Psalm 115/116

I trust in God, even when I say,

“I am sorely afflicted,”

I believe, even when I cry out,

“There is no one I can trust!”


What gift can repay Adonai

for such goodness to me?

I will raise the cup of freedom

as I call on the Holy Name!

I will fulfill all my vows

in the presence of the people.


Adonai you hate to see

your faithful ones suffer and die.

It is I, the servant you love

the one you have freed from bondage,

who calls to you now for help.


I bring an offering of thanks

as I call on your Name.

I fulfill my vows to you, Adonai

standing before your assembly,

 in the courts of your house, my God,

in the very heart of Jerusalem.   


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen.

No one has any more love or charity,

than willingness to die for a neighbor

laying down one’s own life.



READING        Ephesians 2: 21-22

Through [Christ, the cornerstone,] the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.



R.  Throughout all the earth, their voices carry,

*their message resounds with hope for all.

V.  Go out to the whole world, proclaim the Good News; 

*their message resounds with hope for all.  

V. Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.


Gospel Canticle


Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

 Canticle of Mary

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore. Amen

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”





 Litany of Intercession

You called Thomas to follow you, and sent him to proclaim the Good News of your love to the people of ancient Persia and India,

~call us to bring this same message of hope to all humankind.


You understood the questioning and doubting of Thomas, and invited him to touch your hands and your heart,

~call us to journey through our doubting and fear to deeper faith in your love

and a living sense of your presence.


You calmed the waves so that your disciples would be saved from drowning

~calm the storms created by our selfishness and greed

and the tempests that catch us off guard.


You strengthened Thomas to bear witness to the truth in the face of bitter persecution

~empower us to bear witness to the reality of your love at all times and in every place.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…


Closing Prayer

Gracious God of Wisdom and Compassion, you called Thomas to bring the Gospel to the people of the East and to witness to your truth and love with his life.  Lead us to wisdom through his teaching and example that we may share your compassion with the whole world.  We ask this in the Name of Jesus, who lives and loves with you and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever.  Amen.



May God bless + us, protect us from all evil, and lead us to freedom and the fullness of life,  ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.   ~Thanks be to God.






Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Salve Regina

Marian Antiphon

Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, Vita dulcedo et Spes nostra, salve!

Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae; Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum vale. Eia, ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos, ad nos converte; et Jesum benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium ostende.  O Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis, Virgo Maria!


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God;

~ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray.  Holy, Mighty and Immortal God, through the working of the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body and soul of the glorious virgin Mother Mary, as a worthy dwelling for your Word; grant that we, who celebrate her memory each evening, may with the help of her prayers, be freed from ever-present evil, and come to share the fulness of life eternal.   Amen.