The gospel lesson for this Sunday is taken from Luke 7:11-16, which is the story of Jesus raising a widow’s son, for it emphasizes that the Resurrection power of Jesus was already at work in His earthly ministry. This is Jesus’ first resurrection miracle. The Resurrection power of the living Christ touches each of our lives, renewing us from day to day and enabling us to grow in His likeness.
We celebrate the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, Pokrov. This feast which in the Slavic tradition is next in line after the twelve major feastdays. It celebrates a historical event that occurred in Constantinople centuries ago, invoking the protection of the Mother of God over the besieged city and its inhabitants.