St. Thomas was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. He introduced Christianity in India. According to tradition, St. Thomas attained martyrdom at St. Thomas Mount in Chennai, India and is buried on the site of San Thome Basilica. He is the Patron Saint of India and of Architects and Builders. His Feast (Dukrana) is celebrated on July 3rd.
O St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, Father of our faith, you spread the light of Christ in the hearts of the people of India. You humbly confessed “My Lord and My God” and sacrificed your life for love of him. We pray to you to strengthen us with love and faith in Jesus Christ so that we may dedicate ourselves totally to the cause of the kingdom of justice, peace and love. We pray that through your intercession we may be protected from all trials, dangers and temptations and be strengthened in the love of the Triune God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.