Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Bishop Paul Bird of Ballarat and Bishop Patrick O’Regan of Sale joined Melbourne Ukrainian Catholics for the Divine Liturgy of Thomas Sunday which was held at St Peter and St Paul’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Melbourne on Sunday.
Liturgy, celebrated in the Byzantine Rite, was celebrated by the Vicar General of the Ukrainian Catholic Church Fr Simon Ckuj in Bishop Peter Stasiuk's absence. It was also concelebrated with four other priests.
St Peter and St Paul's Cathedral Choir of twenty choral singers sung the propers without accompaniment for the Divine Liturgy which is described as the equivalent of a High Mass.
the Sunday of Holy Pascha and Bright Week, the Eastern Church celebrates Thomas Sunday to mark the conclusion of Bright Week, which is much like the Octave following Easter Sunday in the Roman tradition.
'That whole week is referred to as Bright Week and every day is an Easter celebration and Thomas Sunday marks the conclusion of it,' explains Parish Priest Fr Brian Kelty of the Paschal event.
'Thomas Sunday is celebrated because the gospel which is read that day which is the gospel of John concerning the doubting Thomas incident in John 20: 19-31,' he says.
is also known as Antipascha which means “in the stead of Pascha” because on
this day, the Church consecrates each Sunday of the year to the commemoration
of the Resurrection.
The Divine Liturgy concluded with a luncheon with Archbishop Comensoli, Bishop Bird and Bishop O'Regan.