Commemoration of Dorcas (Tabitha), Lydia, and Phoebe, Faithful Women
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Lord be with you
These women were exemplary Christians who demonstrated their faith by their material support of the Church. Dorcas, or Tabitha (the name means “gazelle” and was a favorite name among both Greeks and Jews), was well-known and much loved for her acts of charity in the city of Joppa, especially for making clothes for the poor. When Dorcas died suddenly, the members of her congregation sent to the neighboring city of Lydda for the apostle Peter, who came and raised her from the dead (Acts 9:36-41). This was the first time an Apostle did such a miracle and it was a powerful witness to the Gentiles.
The date for remembering these ladies of faith was taken from the liturgical calendar used in Orthodox denominations, as they remember the Blessed Tabitha on October 25. We have simply expanded the commemoration to include more of the important women in the Early Church.
Collect for the Commemoration of Dorcas (Tabitha), Lydia, and Phoebe, Faithful Women: Almighty God, You stirred to compassion the hearts of Your dear servants Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe to uphold and sustain Your Church by their devoted and charitable deeds. Give us the same will to love You, open our eyes to see You in the least ones, and strengthen our hands to serve You in others, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Other things you might pray for:
- For the poor
- For foreigners in a strange land
- For deaconesses
- For all who assist in the proclamation of the word of God
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert