The Holy Martyr Thomals
(April 13)

Born in Alexandria of devout parents, she was instructed in piety from her youth and married to a devout man at the age of fifteen. But her father-in-law was a foul old man and, in the absence of his son, fell on his daughter-in-law with the intention of taking away her honour. Thoma'ts was terrified and, in her terror, reminded her father-in-law of God's Law and slipped out of his hands. After a long struggle, the father-in-law took out a knife and slaughtered Thomais, cutting her into two pieces. At that moment the punish-ment of God fell upon him: he was instantly blinded and was unable to find the door to get out of the room. He was arrested right there and taken for trial, where he was condemned to death. Thus Thomais suffered for the commandments of God and for marital fidelity and purity. It happened after that, that those who were tor-mented by lustful passions lifted up their prayers to St Thomais and received great help from her. The great ascetic Daniel translated her relics to Scetis and laid them in the priests' cemetery. St Thomais suffered in 476.

* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
Four Book Edition - Translated by Mother Maria - Dates based on old church calendar.
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