Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Saint Tabitha

Today I learned that my namesake is a Saint. Saint Tabitha, from the book of Acts, that is where my name came from.

"...St. Tabitha was a virtuous and kindly woman who belonged to the Christian community in Joppa. She was known for her good deeds and almsgiving. Having become grievously ill, she suddenly died. At that time, the Apostle Peter was preaching at Lydda, not far from Joppa. Messengers were sent to him with an urgent request for help. When the Apostle arrived at Joppa, Tabitha was already dead. On bended knee, St. Peter made a fervent prayer to the Lord. Then he went to the bed and called out, “Tabitha, get up!” She arose, completely healed (Acts 9:36).

St. Tabitha is considered the patron saint of tailors and seamstresses, since she was known for sewing coats and other garments (Acts 9:39)."

I have always known that story, but I didn't automatically think about her for a saint name. I think it is natural for Tabitha to be my name. I also find it completely delightful that she was a seamstress and is considered a patron for seamstresses and tailors.

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