SAINT TABITHA, THE WIDOW RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE APOSTLE PETER St. Tabitha was a virtuous woman who belonged to the Christian community in Joppa. She was dearly loved because of her good deeds and almsgiving. Having become grievously ill, she suddenly died. When the Apostle Peter arrived at Joppa. 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).