Hagiography from South India
The Biblical story of Doubting Thomas,
the central image of today's
Gospel reading, has an amazing sequel.
Thomas journeys to India where he establishes
the Church. Here is the St. Thomas Cross of
the Indian churches.
The Holy Spirit is above the cross. Below are
the three steps leading to the cross on Calvary.
The base is the sacred flower to Buddhists and
Hindus -- the open Lotus blossom.
The Gospel episode of Doubting Thomas is
here portrayed below in an ivory carving
of the Tenth Century from Trier, Cermany
And below it is portrayed
by the Russian iconographer, Dionysius,
in 1500 A.D.