A curious little 'Thomas' season is starting.
On July 3, the Novus Ordo Calendar will observe S Thomas the Apostle. Bugnini moved him here so as to extricate him from the Major Advent Ferias just before Christmas. July 3 is truly, however, his date among Syrian and Malabar Christians who believe that he evangelised India. I think he is worth a votive, said for those ancient and venerable Christian communities.
July 5 is the memorial of Blessed Thomas Belson, a lay martyr executed in Oxford in the hysteria which followed the Armada (what a shame that very worthy enterprise was not successful). He and his group were arrested in the Inn called the Catherine Wheel, opposite S Mary Mag's church (and now built over by Balliol College; c'est magnifique mais ce n'est pas la gare).
July 7 is the Translation of the relics of S Thomas of Canterbury; observed in the diocese of Portsmouth. In Oxford, the little extramural church of S Thomas the Martyr, first parish church in England to experience the ritual reforms of the Oxford Movement, provided the origins of the Oxford Ordinariate Group.
Then, on July 9 (he was martyred on July 6, but the preconciliar RC calendar for the regions of England, needed to find him a date which did not coincide with the Octave Day of SS Peter and Paul) we observe S Thomas More (Common Worship, not foolishly, has reverted to July 6 for his feast).
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