Fifth Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
Tone 4. Apostles Carpus and Alphaeus of the Seventy (1st c.)
Prosfora: Olesya Sainz
Altar Servers: D Beleny, J. Cunningham
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov
Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Church School/Youth Group End of School Year Party!
Hymns & Readings:
Paschal Hymn: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)
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!”
Tone 8 Troparion (Midfeast)
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!
Tone 8 Kontakion (Pentecostarion)
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!
Tone 4 Kontakion (Midfeast)
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 before You and faithfully cry: “Grant us Your mercies, for You are the Fountain of our life!”
Tone 3 Prokeimenon
Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing
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.”
(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)
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, O ye people!
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you! Exult now, and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!
Receive the Body of Christ; taste the Fountain of immortality! Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
For Further Reading:
Seeing One’s Own Sins
A brother asked Abba Poimen, ‘What ought I to do? I lack courage when I am praying alone in my cell.’
The elder told him, ‘Do not despise, condemn or blame anyone. God will grant you peace and you will meditate in tranquility.’ (Thomas Merton, Sayings of the Desert Fathers, in The Roots of Christian Mysticism, p. 144).
When we consider the anguish of the person who desires and seeks God, who feels deeply God’s absence, the same holds true. My anguish and my searching are themselves the presence of God in my life. To search for God means that I have already found Him, for God is already present in my searching. That I experience this anguish demonstrates that what I seek for truly exists and indeed is already with me, actively working inside me. Why, then, should I see anything other than this? (Archimandrite Aimilianos, Psalms and the Life of Faith, pp. 337-338)
The Samaritan Woman: Ending Religion
Christianity, however, is in a profound sense the end of all religion. In the Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus made this clear. “‘Sir,’ the woman said to him, ‘I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.’ Jesus saith unto her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father...but the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him’” (Jn. 4:19-21, 23). She asked him a question about cult, and in reply Jesus changed the whole perspective of the matter. Nowhere in the New Testament, in fact, is Christianty present as a cult or as a religion. Religion is needed where there is a wall of separation between God and man. But Christ who is both God and man has broken down the wall between man and God. He has inaugurated a new life, not a new religion. (Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World, pp. 19-20)
The Samaritans: Coming to Faith
Samaritans surrounded the Jewish traveller, not caring that He was from a hostile nation, and led Him to their village; we do not know what happened then, but the most important thing in this story is the result. After listening to Him, they said to the woman: “Now we see the truth; no longer because of what you said, but because we have seen for ourselves.”
So now all of us are in the same position: at first we believe in the words written in the Scriptures and in other books, then we believe in what other people tell us. But the happiest moment in our spiritual lives is when we come to know the mystery of God, the mystery of the Lord Jesus, as revealed in our hearts, no longer through the words of others but through our own instincts and our own profound experience. We, like the Samaritans, guess at what is true and ponder on it. But He is near us, He reveals His word to us. Only we must also be ready to hear Him - like that simple woman of Samaria, like everyone who has ears to hear and hears. Amen. (Fr. Alexander Men, Awake to Life!, p. 78)
Prayer: Stand in God’s Presence
The various methods described by the Fathers (sitting down, making prostrations, and the other techniques used when performing this prayer) are not suitable for everyone: indeed without a personal director they are actually dangerous. It is better not to try them. There is just one method which is obligatory for all: to stand with attention in the heart. All other things are beside the point, and do not lead to the crux of the matter.
It is said of the fruit of this prayer, that there is nothing higher in the world. This is wrong. As if it were some talisman! Nothing in the words of the prayer and their uttering can alone bring forth its fruit. All fruit can be received without this prayer, and even without any oral prayer, but merely by directing the mind and heart towards God.
The essence of the whole thing is to be established in the remembrance of God, and to walk in HIs presence. You can say to anyone: ‘Follow whatever methods you like - recite the Jesus Prayer, perform bows and prostrations, go to Church: do what you wish, only strive to be always in constant remembrance of God.’ I remember meeting a man in Kiev who said: ‘I did not use any methods at all, I did not know the Jesus Prayer, yet by God’s mercy I walk always in His presence. But how this has come to pass, I myself do not know. God gave!’ (Theophan the Recluse, from The Art of Prayer, p. 98)
Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog
Bell-Ringing During the Pascha Season
As we did last year, any children who wish, may help ring a bell during the “Christ is Risen” at the beginning and end of liturgy until Ascension. Please have your child quietly meet in the area by the choir to get a bell to ring.
Church School Announcements
TODAY, May 26, we will have an end-of-the year celebration with pizza & outdoor activities and games for the whole parish. Church school will resume at the end of August.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
We are continuing our discussion of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved? Please join us for the discussion when we meet again. You are welcome to attend even if you don’t have a copy of the book. When we finish discussing How are We Saved? in a couple of weeks, we will begin a new book, How To Be a Sinner by Peter Bouteneff. If you want to join our Wednesday morning discussion this summer, order a copy of the book now and begin reading.
St. Paul Park Days
We will begin our park meet-up days on Thursday, May 30 here at the church park. Arrive as early as 9:30 and feel free to bring a packed lunch. In case of rain, cancellations will be posted in the St. Paul Facebook page by 8:15am. The complete schedule can be found on the bulletin boards.
Second Saturdays Social Event
The next Second Saturdays Social event will be June 8 beginning at 3pm and ending with Vespers. Bring the kids for an Orthodox storytime based on one of the saints for the month. We’ll have craft time as well. See Heather Weis with questions.
Memorial Saturday Liturgy
On Saturday, June 15 (the day before Pentecost) we will do a Memorial Liturgy at 9:30am. On that morning, you can give Fr. Ted a written list of the first names of the deceased loved ones you want him to pray for by name at the Liturgy.
Prayer for Graduates
We will say a prayer for the blessing of our parish high school and college graduates on Pentecost Sunday, June 16 following the Divine Liturgy. Please submit names of graduates to Erin at email@example.com.
Saint John’s Summer Camp 2019
Sunday, July 14th to Saturday, July 20th at Camp Rivervale in Mitchell, IN. For kids going into 4th grade through college freshman in the fall. There will be fellowship, prayer, teachings, singing, games and great merriment; a week filled with wonder and one you won’t soon forget! REGISTER ASAP - SPACE IS LIMITED; REGISTRATION MAY BE CAPPED! Standard registration is $460 and ends June 30th. It is OKAY if you cannot pay the full registration fee up front as long as full payment is received two weeks before camp. If you need financial assistance, please speak to your parish priest; scholarships are also available through St. John's Camp Program's Scholarship Fund - DON’T let finances be the reason your kids don’t come!! And, don’t forget to INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
For more details and to register, please go to: saintjohnscamp.org/events/sc2019
Questions? Contact Jon Beecham - firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Feast Day Celebration
We will begin our celebration of the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul on Friday, June 28 with Vespers at 6pm. We will have divine liturgy at 9:30am on June 29 followed by a festal meal catered by Christopher's with outdoor activities (bounce house!) for the kids. Please bring a side dish or dessert. Guests from Annunciation and Assumption Churches will also be invited.
Vacation Church School
Vacation Church school will be at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church this year June 24-28. Registration forms can be found on the bulletin board in the foyer. See Heather Weis with questions.
“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:3). This month our donation will go to the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry to support those involved in prison ministries, to bring the Gospel to those in jails and prisons throughout the country.
Summer Book Discussion?
Interested in joining a book discussion this summer? Fr. Ted is recommending that we read and discuss together the book CONTEMPLATING CHRIST: THE GOSPELS AND THE INTERIOR LIFE by Vincent Pizzuto. The book is available as a paperback (about $20) and on Kindle ($12). The book explores issues of discipleship, asceticism and the spiritual life. If you would like to discuss this book with your fellow parishioners, please let Fr. Ted know. If we get enough people interested, we can have more than one discussion group on the book. We can have a discussion on summer Sundays after fellowship hour and can do a discussion on a summer evening. Let Fr. Ted know when you would want to meet to discuss this book. It is an excellent book - even though its author is not Orthodox - offering insight into the interior life and also challenging us to grow in our practice of our Faith. The book takes a very practical look at the theological claim that God became human so that humans might become God - incarnation and deification are two pillars of our salvation.
St. Paul Prayer Team
If you would like to submit prayer requests for the prayer team, forms can be found on the greeter’s table. Please place requests in the box on the greeter table or by email to email@example.com. If you would like to be a part of praying with the team - and pray daily for others in the parish, or if you have further questions please contact Mark Pearson.
This Week’s Schedule:
This Week’s Schedule
Monday, May 27
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, May 28
Wednesday, May 29
Leavetaking of Midfeast . Virgin Martyr Theodosia of Tyre (307-308)
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
11am Discussion Group 6:30pm Catechism Class
Thursday, May 30
Friday, May 31
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, June 1
Sunday, June 2
Prosfora: Olesya Sainz
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, J. Cunningham
Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian
Epistle: R. Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: Garber
Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson
9:00am Hours: B. Edwards
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
June 5 Ascension Vespers-Liturgy 6pm
June 6 Ascension Matins 8:30am
June 15 Memorial Liturgy 9:30am
June 16 Pentecost
June 24 Beginning of the Apostles’ Fast
June 24-28 Vacation Church School at Annunciation
June 28 Vespers for Sts. Peter & Paul
June 29 Liturgy for Sts. Peter & Paul with celebration afterwards.