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Monday, July 3, 2017

FEAST OF ST. THOMAS

Ester, Chapter 9, Verse 2-4
2 The Jews mustered in their cities throughout the provinces of King Ahasuerus to attack those who sought to do them harm, and no one could withstand them, for fear of them fell upon all the peoples. 3 Moreover, all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, governors, and royal procurators supported the Jews out of fear of Mordecai; 4 for Mordecai was powerful in the royal palace, and the report was spreading through all the provinces that he was continually growing in power.

The Jews destroyed their tormentors and the feast of Purim was established but what the heck is a satrap.

Satrap[1]

Satraps were the governors of the provinces of the ancient Median and Achaemenid Empires and in several of their successors, such as in the Sasanian Empire and the Hellenistic empires. The word satrap is also often used metaphorically in modern literature to refer to world leaders or governors who are heavily influenced by larger world superpowers or hegemonies and act as their surrogates.


Satraps today

·         It is also used in modern times to refer (usually derogatorily) to the loyal subservient lieutenants or clients of some powerful figure (with equal imprecision also styled mogul, tycoon, or the like), in politics or business.
·         In Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, the word s├ítrapa not only carries the aforementioned ancient historical meaning, but in modern usage also applies to people who abuse power or authority. It can refer as well to those living in luxurious and ostentatious conditions or to individuals who act astutely and even disloyally.
·         The College of 'Pataphysics used the title Transcendent Satrap for certain of its members, including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Baudrillard and the Marx brothers.
·         In the Serbian language, satrap is used to mock a person who displays servile tendencies to an authority figure.
·         THRUSH, the primary antagonist organization in the TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., was divided into satrapies, based on geographic location.

Sounds like the swamp to me

Feast of St Thomas[2]

St. Thomas was one of Jesus' disciples. He is best known for being the one disciple who wanted proof of Jesus' resurrection. St. Thomas is celebrated with a feast day in both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. He is often referred to as Doubting Thomas, and also the name The Twin. Many Christians see themselves in St. Thomas because he doubted the resurrection until he received proof from Christ himself. He also confessed to not understanding Jesus when Christ told his disciples at the Last Supper that he was preparing a place for them.



St Thomas Facts

·         An early church text claims that Thomas was the only witness to the Assumption of Mary into heaven.  As her body entered heaven, she dropped her girdle.  Medieval art often depicts Thomas catching the girdle.
·         Thomas didn't believe the apostles when they saw Jesus the first time after the resurrection.  He saw Jesus himself during his second appearance, and touched the wounds on his hands and side (John 20:24-29).
·         Church tradition says that Thomas traveled to eastern lands, including Persia, to evangelize to the people there about Jesus.  He is thought to have settled in India.
·         The feast day is held July 3, but sermons the following Sunday may also mention St. Thomas and faith. Originally the feast day for St. Thomas was on Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year.  All sorts of traditions surrounded the day, including serving meat pies and charitable giving.

St Thomas Top Events and Things to Do

·         Read writings by St. Thomas.  Several early church documents bearing Thomas' name are popular, including the Gospel of Thomas, which is a collection of Jesus' sayings.  Other texts include the Acts of Thomas and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.  None of these texts were included in the Bible.
·         Thousands of Indians claim to be descendants of the Christians that Thomas helped to convert.  Join them on a pilgrimage in Paylador to the traditional spot of Thomas' tomb, Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Trichur (Kerala, India).
·         If you are a single woman try an ancient custom performed on the Feast of St. Thomas to get an idea who you will marry.  Unmarried Austrian women would climb into bed over a stool, throw their shoes with toes pointing downward toward the bedroom door, and then sleep with their head at the foot of the bed.  Women who performed this ritual were thought to dream about their future husbands.
·         Say a blessing prayer for your property on the feast of St. Thomas.  An ancient custom was for farmers and their sons or hands to drive off evil spirits in preparation for Christmas.  They were sprinkling holy water across the land, while other family members stayed inside and prayed the rosary.

Daily Devotions/Prayers

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Novena to the Holy Face




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