Venerable Thomaïs of Lesvos

January 3

Saint Thomaïs’ parents, who were both pious and, were unable to conceive. After much fervent prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos, they bore their only child, Thomaïs – a young woman surpassing all others on her native island of Lesvos in beauty and grace. Under pressure by her parents, Thomaïs married a man called Stephen who at first appeared humble and virtuous, but would severely beat and strike his wife every single day for thirteen years, only because she devoted her life to Christ, spreading the Gospel, and attending to the poor and destitute. Thomaïs bore this cross with utmost humility, prayer, and charity. For her great patience, the Lord rewarded the Saint and granted her the gift of wonderworking, even while alive. At the young age of 38, Saint Thomaïs reposed in the Lord after the immensely harsh treatment of her husband, and proof of this was the wounds seen on her immaculate hands when she was being buried. Forty days after her burial, her holy relic was exhumed and found to be completely incorrupt and emitted an indescribable heavenly fragrance. Her body was then placed in a magnificent reliquary which became a spring of miracles, curing the blind, lame, and even possessed. Thomaïs’ husband, who had gone into a demonic frenzy after the murder of his own wife, was led to her tomb and received healing from her. Having been healed, he repented of his immoral deeds and led a life close to God. Saint Thomaïs is considered the Patron Saint of married couples.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος δ’. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.
Τάς θλίψεις τοῦ βίου σου, ὡς προσφορὰν λογικήν, Χριστῷ προσενένκασα, τὴν τῶν θαυμάτων ἰσχύν, Ὁσία, ἀντείληφας. Ὅθεν ὡς συζυγίας, ὑποτύπωσιν θείαν, μέλπομεν Θωμαΐς σε, καὶ πιστῶς σοι βοῶμεν Χαῖρε τῆς νήσου Λέσβου, σεμνὸν ἐγκαλλώπισμα.
Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος δ’. Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Πόνους πλείστους ἤνεγκας καὶ κακουχίας, Θωμαῒς πανθαύμαστε, ἐν τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ Χριστοῦ· ὅθεν ἀξίως δεδόξασαι, καὶ τῶν ῾Αγίων ἐδέξω τὸν στέφανον.
Μεγαλυνάριον
Ηθλησας ἐν πόνοις μαρτυρικοῖς, Θωμαῒς ῾Οσία, καὶ κατῄσχυνας τὸν ἐχθρόν· ὅθεν ἐδοξάσθης παρὰ Θεοῦ πλουσίως, καὶ νέμεις τοῖς αἰτοῦσι, τὴν σὴν βοήθειαν.

Apolytikion
Tone IV.
The troubles of your life, as a rational offering, you offered to Christ, and the strength of miracles, O Righteous one, shone forth. Therefore, as a a divine example of marriage, we praise you O Thomaïs, and faithfully cry out, Hail pure boast of the island of Lesvos.