St. Addal was a disciple of Christ sent by St. Thomas to the court of King Abgar the Black. A historian named Eusebius recorded a tradition which he believed was true. The tradition was found in a book called, “The Teachings of Addai”. It states that Abgar, King of Edessa was afflicted by an incurable disease. He had heard of Jesus’s powers and the miracles he performed. He wrote a letter to Jesus asking him to come and heal him. Jesus did not go, but promised to send a messenger named St. Addal to heal him. St. Addal was one of the 72
disciples of Christ. St. Addal cured the king and converted the king and his people to the faith. Addai was one of them who became Addal’s successor. St. Addal was known for doing work around Edessa toward the end of the second century. St. Addal died on August 5 as martyr for his faith.
Blessed St. Addal, Jesus sent you to heal a person with an incurable disease. Just as Jesus sent you to heal others, intercede for those of us with incurable diseases or contagious diseases so that we may also receive Jesus’ saving grace. Amen.