By Bishop Gregorios of Mesaoria
The Holy Church today, October 25, commemorates the martyrs Marcian and Martyrius, and Saint Tabitha, who was a biblical figure.
St. Tabitha lived in Joppa and was respectful and charitable. She was known to everyone for her good housekeeping and her good deeds. When she became seriously ill and died, the grief of all the believers in the Church was indescribable.
As Evangelist Luke states in the book of Acts, while everything was ready for the funeral, information came that the Apostle Peter was in the neighbouring Lydda. They sent and called him, and he willingly responded with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Approaching the tabernacle of Tabitha and calling the name of the Lord, he raised the dead Tabitha, who after this miracle lived for many more years, pleasing God with her holy life and ministering her fellow humans.
Source: Church of Cyprus