May 14, 2017
Fifth Sunday of Pascha/Samaritan Woman
Martyr Isidore of Chios, Tone 4
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: V. Weis
Greeter(s): M. Brausch, M. Jobst
Epistle: R. Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov
Chapel Cleaners: J. Wiese
Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel
9:00am Hours: Need a volunteer
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
11:30am Youth Group
11:45am Church School
Today’s Hymns & Readings
Paschal Hymn: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Resurrection Troparion [Tone 4]: When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of the Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown; Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!
Mid-feast of Pentecost Troparion [Tone 8]: In the middle of the feast, O Savior, fill my thirsting soul with the waters of piety as you cried to all: if anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink! O Christ God, fountain of our life, glory to you.
Kontakion of the Samaritan Woman [Tone 8]: The Samaritan Woman came to the well in faith; she saw You, the Water of Wisdom, and drank abundantly! She inherited the Kingdom on high, and is ever glorified.
Mid-feast of Pentecost Kontakion [Tone 4]: Christ God the Creator and Master of all, cried to all in the midst of the feast of the law: Come, and draw the water of immortality! We fall down before You and faithfully cry, grant us your mercies for You are the Fountain of our life.
Prokeimenon [Tone 3]: Sing praises to our God, Sing praises. / Sing praises to our King, Sing praises.
Epistle: Acts 11:19-26, 29-30
Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Gospel: John 4:5-42
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ? Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
Hymn to the Theotokos: The angel cried to the Lady full of Grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin. Again I say, "Rejoice. Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, all you people." Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem ! The glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exalt, now exalt! And be glad O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your son.
Communion Hymns: Receive the Body of Christ, taste the fountain of immortality. Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise him in
the highest! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ the Stranger
Christ was a stranger on the earth, because even though the world was made through Him, the world knew Him not. Indeed he was a stranger even among His own brethren, for He came to his own home; and his own people received him not Jn. 1.11-12). But, as St. Makarios suggests, it is not simply in this sense that Christ agreed to become a stranger, but in the deeper sense that Christ has rejected all rights.
In one glance, the eyes of Christ can encompass the universe. In a single gesture, He can embrace and contain all things, both in heaven and on earth: His heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit, the angels, the stars the planets, everything in an instant. But He did not account equality with God a thing to be grasped at, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, a stranger (Phil. 2.7). It’s as if he said: “I refuse every place of rest other than your soul, so that you will know that I, Christ, empty Myself in order to be filled by you. Though you be a worm and not a man (Ps. 21.6), I will honor you in this way, so that you can become My bride, My bridal chamber, My completion, My perfection. And though you are but a wretched earth-worm, I will make you the most beautiful thing there is: I will make you God. And because I am God, I lack nothing: I am in need of nothing. Whatever I have done, whatever I have become, has all been on account of you. My self-abasement, My exile, My hunger, My thirst, my loneliness, are things that I have voluntarily chosen and which can only be satisfied by you; for you are My food, and My clothing, shelter and place of rest.”
This is how far God has abased Himself! In order to fill us with His plentitude, He has voluntarily emptied Himself. This is what He means when He says: I was a stranger, and I was hungry and thirsty, and so on, namely: that He has rejected everything in order to embrace everything. He abandoned the bosom of the Father (cf. Jn 1.18) to make His home in our hearts. Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich (2 Cor 8.9).
“Let us therefore,” St. Makarios concludes, “welcome Him into our hearts” --and here he reverses what he has just said--”for he is our food and drink and eternal life.” (Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, The Way of the Spirit, pp. 246-247).
Fr. Georges Florovsky writes, “She [the Virgin Mother] was not just a ‘channel’ through which the Heavenly Lord has come, but truly the mother of whom he took his humanity...Motherhood, in general, is by no means exhausted by the mere fact of a physical procreation...In fact, procreation itself establishes an intimate spiritual relation between the mother and the child. This relation is unique and reciprocal, and its essence is affection or love nor could Jesus fail to be truly human in his filial response to the motherly affection of the one of whom he was born…” (Christos Yannaras, Against Religion, p. 128)
Conquering the Fear of Death
How can the Christian overcome the fear of death? The faith that is central to the hope of Christians is the recognition of Christ’s conquest of death and that his resurrection is the first fruits, the guarantee of the universal resurrection of all human beings at the end of time. “In order to be able to face death one must be anchored in the certainty, an experiential and not only theoretical certainty, of eternal life..there is in this possession of eternal life a certainty that reduces to naught the fear of death--not the pain of separation, not the regret that death exists, but the fear.”
(Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D., Suffering and the Nature of Healing, pp. 253-254)
The Samaritan Woman at the Well
Our Lord labored and He went like a farmer
to water the seed that Moses sowed.
Directly to the well He went to give
hidden and living water for the sake of the revelation.
Blessed is Moses, who, with the book he wrote, sowed
the symbols of the Messiah, still young;
by [Christ’s] watering were the seeds of the house of Moses perfected,
and they were reaped by His disciples.
Refrain: Praises to your humility!
Blessed are you, drawer of ordinary water,
who turned out to be a drawer of living water.
You found a treasure, another Source,
from Whom a flood of mercies flows.
The spring had dried up, but it broke through to you and gave you to drink.
He was poor, but He asked in order to enrich you.
You left behind your pitcher, but you filled understanding and gave your people to drink.
Blessed are you to whom He gave living water to drink,
and you did not thirst again, as you said.
For he called the truth “living water,”
since all who hear it will not thirst again.
Blessed are you who learned the truth and did not thirst;
for one is the Messiah and there are no more.
(St. Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns, The Classics of Western Spirituality, p. 355)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
Parish Council Meeting
The council’s next meeting is Monday, May 15 at 6pm.
Wednesday Book Study
Is not meeting this week, but will resume on Wednesday, May 24 at 11 am to discuss Chapters 10-11 of Changes that Heal.
Liturgical Theology Class
The class for diaconate and catechist training meets this Saturday, May 20, from 2-4:30pm. The topics are the Eucharist and the Divine Liturgy. Read Schmemann’s THE EUCHARIST (Chapters 1-3) and Hopko’s WORSHIP (Chapter 5).
We will be having a prosfora workshop on Saturday, May 20 at 10am to about noon for anyone interested in learning how to bake prosfora. We’ll be showcasing different methods and recipes and hoping to encourage and get some new bakers! See Erin Caldwell or Dot Federinko if you have questions.
St. Paul Musical/Talent Show
Can you play an instrument, do a neat trick, a spot on celebrity impression, a handstand while balancing a stack of plates? Then please join us on May 21 following Coffee Hour when will have our 5th Annual Talent Show! A sign up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. This is a fun afternoon for all, even if you don't participate so we hope to see you there! Contact Mary Schwaninger if you have any questions.
Sixth Sunday of Pascha: Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday
The Hierarchs of The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America have approved the sixth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday, May 21st of this year, to be Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday in all Orthodox parishes of North America. “Don’t neglect your brother in his distress while you decorate His House. Your brother is more truly His temple than any Church building” (St. John Chrysostom, On Matthew: Homily 50.4).
We who do not live in the darkness of a prison or jail cannot truly comprehend the incredible distress men and women prisoners live with each and every day. Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry needs all our help to bring the love and light of Christ to these precious souls. The Orthodox Church, through OCPM, offers both hope and healing to those living in such distress.
Please remember “these the least of my brethren” by assisting OCPM with this vital ministry, not forgetting that even a “small gift may earn a crown of glory” (St. John Chrysostom).
New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class to Begin
Fr. Ted is going to start in two weeks a new Catechism/Inquirer’s Class. If you are someone you know is interested in joining the class, please contact Fr. Ted ASAP at email@example.com or by calling the church at 937-320-9977. He will be setting the date and time for the first class next week. The class explains the basic teachings about the Orthodox Church. It is a good first step for those hoping to become members of the Orthodox Church, but is open to any who simply want to learn more about Orthodoxy.
Ordination of Deacon Stephan to the Priesthood
You are all invited to the ordination of Deacon Stephan Gresh to the priesthood on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Divine Liturgy will start at 10:00 am with Archbishop Melchizedek walking in at 9:30 am. The ordination will take place at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, 222 Mary St., Belle Vernon, PA 15012. A dinner will follow immediately afterward. If you plan on attending, a sign-up will be on the bulletin board. Please sign up (or let Denise Gresh know) by May 21, 2017 so that we may plan accordingly.
St. Paul 2017 Mission Trip Opportunity
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave the comfort of your home for a week to spend time serving someone in need? Do you have an extra week this summer that you can spare to be the hands and feet of Jesus? We have an exciting opportunity for you! St. Paul’s is in the process of assembling a team to spend a week of mission work in Charleston, WV. The IOCC is putting together a home building team in Charleston, WV, July 16 – July 22 and we would like to send a team to assist. If you would be interested in joining us, please contact David Short as soon as possible with your interest or questions.
If you have a name of a graduate you would like to be remembered in prayer, please email Erin Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have a prayer for them following liturgy in early June.
Thank from St. Stephen Orthodox Mission
“Thank you for your donation to St. Stephan’s Mission. Your prayers uplift our community and your financial support is greatly appreciated as we work to grow our mission in Lima. --Fr. Mark Hodges”
This month part of our charity donation went to the ministry we have been doing at the St. Vincent de Paul center in Dayton. The remaining funds are being given to Dn. Steve Gresh who will be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Melchisedek on Saturday, June 3rd at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon, PA.
Birthdays: Zak Wilson, Jill Allen
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule
Monday, May 15
Ven. Pachomius the Great, Founder of Cœnobitic Monasticism (348 A.D.)
Readings: Acts 12:12-17, John 8:42-51
NO Matins or Office Hours
6:00pm Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 16
Ven. Theodore the Sanctified, disciple of Ven. Pachomius the Great (368)
Readings: Acts 12:25-13:12, John 8:51-59
8:30am Matins 9:00am Office Hours
Wednesday, May 17 (fast)
St. Euphrosyne (Princess Eudocia) of Moscow (1407)
Readings: Acts 13:13-24, John 6:5-14
NO Matins or Office Hours
Thursday, May 18
Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra, and with him Martyrs Peter, Dionysius, Andrew, Paul, Christina, and the seven Virgin Martyrs: Alexandra, Tecusa, Claudia, Phaïna, Euphraisa, Matrona, and Julia, who suffered under Decius (303).
Readings: Acts 14:20-27, John 9:39-10:9
Friday, May 19 (fast)
Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prussa, and his companions: Presbyters Acacius, Menander, and Polyenus (2nd-3rd c.). Ven. Cornelius, Abbot of Komel’ (Vologdá—1537).
Readings: Acts 15:5-34, John 10:17-28
8:30am Matins 9:00am Office Hours
Saturday, May 20
Martyr Thalelæus at Aegæ in Cilicia, and his companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius (ca. 284)
Readings:Acts 15:35-41, John 10:27-38
10am Prosfora Workshop
2-4:30 Liturgical Theology Class
Sunday, May 21: Sixth Sunday of Pascha/Blind Man
Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine and his mother, Helen (Elena) (327).
Readings: Acts 16:16-34, John 9:1-38
Prosfora: A. Makris
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel `
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Snodgrass
Chapel Cleaners: Kathy Henry
Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:30am Youth Group
11:45am Church School
12pm Talent Show