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Saint Dismas
Born ?
Died ca. AD 33, Golgotha Hill outside Jerusalem
Venerated in All Christianity
Feast March 25
Attributes Cross
Patronage Criminals, prisoners, undertakers

Saint Dismas (sometimes spelled Dysmas or Dimas), also known as the Good Thief, is the apocryphal name given to one of the thieves who was crucified alongside Christ according to the Gospel of Luke 23:39-43: // Events The following Christian chronology uses traditional dates set by biblical scholars; 30 is also suggested as a date for the Messianic events. ... Calvary (Golgotha) was the hill outside Jerusalem on which Jesus was crucified. ... Jerusalem and the Old City. ... See also: Timeline of Christianity Beliefs Jesus crucifixion as portrayed by Diego Velázquez. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... In several forms of Christianity, but especially in Roman Catholicism, a patron saint has special affinity for a trade or group. ... Apocrypha is a Greek word (απόκρυφα, neuter plural of απόκρυφος), from αποκρυπτειν, to hide away. ... A thief is someone or something that performs theft, a crime against property. ... The Gospel of Luke is the third of the four canonical Gospels of the New Testament, which tell the story of Jesus life, death, and resurrection. ...

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, "Dost not thou fear God , seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss."
And he said unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom."
And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise." (KJV)

The thief who challenged Jesus to free Himself from the Cross was not saved; the thief who asked to be remembered in Christ's kingdom was St Dismas, according to the legend. The thief who challenged Jesus is believed to have been named Gestas. God is the term used to denote the Supreme Being believed by most people, and especially monotheistic religions, to be the creator and ruler of the whole Universe, and/or the sum of existence. ... The King James Version (KJV) is an English translation of the Holy Bible, commissioned for the benefit of the Church of England at the behest of King James I of England. ... Jesus, also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, in which context he is known as Jesus Christ (from Greek Ιησούς Χριστός) with Christ not being a name but rather a title meaning Anointed. He is also considered a very important prophet in Islam. ... Crucifixion is an ancient method of execution, where the victim was tied or nailed to a large wooden cross (Latin: crux) and left to hang there until dead. ... Gestas, also spelled Gesmas is the apocryphal name (first appearing in the Gospel of Nicodemus) given to one of the two thieves who was crucified alongside Jesus. ...

The name of "Dismas" for this person, unnamed in the canonical Gospel itself, appears first in the twelfth century in the Gospel of Nicodemus. The other thief's name is given as Gestas. The name of "Dismas" was adapted from a Greek word meaning "sunset" or "death." The Biblical canon is an exclusive list of books written during the formative period of the Jewish or Christian faiths; the leaders of these communities believed these books to be inspired by God or to express the authoritative history of the relationship between God and his people (although there may... (11th century - 12th century - 13th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 12th century was that century which lasted from 1101 to 1200. ... The Acts of Pilate, also known as the Gospel of Nicodemus, is a book of the New Testament apocrypha. ... Gestas, also spelled Gesmas is the apocryphal name (first appearing in the Gospel of Nicodemus) given to one of the two thieves who was crucified alongside Jesus. ...

The apocryphal Arabic Infancy Gospel calls the two thieves Titus and Dumachus, and adds a fanciful tale about how Titus (Dismas) prevented other thieves in his company from robbing Mary and Joseph on their flight into Egypt. The Arabic Infancy Gospel is one of the texts found in the New Testament apocrypha concerning the infancy of Jesus. ... Gabriel delivering the Annunciation to Mary. ... Saint Joseph, also referred to as Joseph the Betrothed and as Joseph of Nazareth, was the father (according to the law) of Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 1:16; Luke 3:23) and the husband of Mary. ...

In medieval art, St Dismas is often depicted as accompanying Jesus in the Harrowing of Hell as related in the Apostles' Creed. Byzantine art was the high art of the Middle Ages and monumental Church mosaics were the crowing glory. ... The Harrowing of Hell, as depicted in the Petites Heures de Jean de Berry, a fourteenth-century illuminated manuscript. ... The Apostles Creed (in Latin, Symbolum (Credo) Apostolicum), is an early statement of Christian belief, possibly from the first or second century, but more likely post-Nicene Creed in the early 4th Century AD. The theological specifics of the creed appear to be a refutation of Gnosticism, an early heresy. ...

The only church dedicated to St. Dismas is the Church of the Good Thief, located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a city known for its many prisons. Kingston, Ontario, with a population of approximately 146,8381 people, is located in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where the lake runs into the St. ...

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Patron Saints Index: Saint Dismas (256 words)
One of the thieves crucified with Jesus, the other being traditionally known as Gestas; Dismas is the one who rebuked the other, and asked for Christ's blessing.
An old legend from an Arabic infancy gospel says that when the Holy Family were running to Egypt, they were set upon by a band of thieves including Dismas and Gestas.
One of the highwaymen realized there was something different, something special about them, and ordered his fellow bandits to leave them alone; this thief was Dismas.
The Good Thief III (523 words)
Dismas was NOT scandalized, instead he drew the wisdom, the philosophy beyond the appearances, and aimed for the eternal kingdom.
Dismas turns toward his companion, you and I, (so far) have walk the walk, we are both on the cross...
Dismas' strength bursts in the middle of tortures, far from rebelling, he is resigned, he holds back patiently, he becomes unmindful of his own suffering and wants to convert his companion through his own example.
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