Commemorated on March 21
Patriarch of Constantinople, was at first a deacon, and later under the
holy Patriarch John IV the Faster (582-595) he was made "sakellarios"
(sacristan) in the Great Constantinople church. After the death of holy
Patriarch Kyriakos (595-606), Saint Thomas was chosen in 607 to the
Constantinople Patriarchal throne. The saint concerned himself in every
possible way about the spiritual needs of his flock.
During the time of
the patriarchate of Saint Thomas, an ominous portent appeared in the land of
Galatia (Asia Minor). The heavy crosses, which they carried during the times of
church processions, began to shake, and to strike and chip at each other. To the
Patriarch was summoned the noted perspicacious elder, the Monk Theodore
Sikeotes (Comm. 22 April), who explained the meaning of this portent. According
to his words, discords and disasters awaited the Church, and the state stood on
the eve of destruction from barbarian invasion. Hearing this, the saint became
terrified and besought the Monk Theodore Sikeotes to pray for him, that God
should instead take his soul early, than for the predicted ruinations to occur.
After the death of
the holy Patriarch Thomas (+ 610), disorders started in the Church. The
successor to Saint Thomas, – Patriarch Sergios (610-638), fell into the
Monothelite heresy. Soon through the sufferance of God and for the
extinguishing of the heresy, war started with Persia, which proved grievous for
Byzantium. The Greek regions in Asia Minor were completely devastated,
Jerusalem fell, and the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord was taken into
captivity and carried off to Persia. Thus occurred all the misfortunes,
portented by the miracle during the time of the church procession.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.