Sunday, May 14, 2017
Fifth Sunday of Pascha: Sunday of the Samaritan Woman;
After-feast of Mid-Pentecost
Martyr Isidore of Chios; Hieromartyr Therapont, bishop of Cyprus;
New-martyrs John of Bulgaria and Mark of Crete; Venerable Isidore of Rostov, fool-for-Christ
Al-Maseeh Qam! Christ is Risen!
Visitors, we warmly welcome you to all services of the church.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Fear of death can come upon you. And surely it will. Expect this, but do not be afraid in the least. What is death for us Christians? A return to a paternal home, to the radiant palace of the Heavenly Father. Shall we really be afraid of something good?” – St. Nikolai Velimerovic
“Thank you to all who donated to support Riley Dance Marathon. This year our total amount raised was $157,508.68! ~ Taylor Shahadey“
Coffee Hour Foods: We will have a pitch-in today for Mother’s Day with special recognition of our mothers and god-mothers.
Saying Goodbye: Today we also say goodbye to Stephanie Haines who is relocating to Greenfield. A cheerful card is always a good thing!
Myrrh Bearers leadership for 2017-2018: Co-chairs will be Barbara Grinder, Rhonda Webb and Jennifer Rigsby with Jennifer continuing as secretary and Nina Rogers as treasurer.
Graduating High School Seniors, please let us know who you are as the school year draws to a close. We’ve heard from Taylor Shahadey (Michael and Missy’s daughter) and Trevor Potts (James and Patricia’s grandson)!
Wednesday, May 17: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, May 18: St. John Fellowship in Mitchell at the Haneys’ 10:00 – Noon
Thursday, May 18: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, May 20: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, May14 (Mother’s Day): Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Saying Goodbye to Stephanie Haines
Birthday Greetings: Howard W (14th); Caleb L (15th); Hannah G (18th); Bilen M (18th)
Name Day Blessings: Lydia F (20th); Nancy J (St. Lydia – 20th)
Memory Eternal: Danny; Albert (Alex John) Alexander – 4th); Met. Elias; Lavonne (Martin’s Grandmother); Archpriest Wladimir (husband of Matushka Raisa (May 18th)
…April Blair is organizing meals for the Pierce family after the birth of their son Alexander Jordan
…May 24: Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Ascension
…May 26: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00
Prayer List: Matthew & family (John’s friends); Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don; Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Tammy K.
Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession. If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “O Lord, how magnificent are Thy works. In Wisdom hast Thou made them all.”
Verse: ” Bless the Lord, O my soul!” Psalm 103:24,1
Epistle: The Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. (11:19-30)
In those days, the Disciples, who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen, traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the Word to none except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, upon coming to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number that believed turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord. So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the Disciples were for the first time called Christians. Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world; and this took place in the days of Claudius. And the Disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brethren who lived in Judea; and they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (4:5-42)
At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as He was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His Disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that Thou, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying 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, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst forever; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal 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 Him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and Thou sayest that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks 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 [He Who is called Christ]; when He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I Who speak to you am He.” Just then His Disciples came. They marveled that He was talking with a woman, but none said, “What dost Thou wish?” or, “Why art Thou talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man Who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the city and were coming to Him. Meanwhile the Disciples besought Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the Disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him food?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Many Samaritans from that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He said to me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His words. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Divine Liturgy Variables
Order at the Beginning of the Service
Priest alone: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life! — People: Repeat twice.
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 4
Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of Mid-Pentecost – Tone 8
In the midst of this Feast, O Savior, give Thou my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of true worship; for Thou didst call out to all, saying: Whosoever is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Wherefore, O Christ our God, Fountain of life, glory to Thee.
Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. Thou didst destroy the pow’r of Death. In Victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women: Granting peace to Thine Apostles, and bestowing Resurrection on the fallen.
Megalynarion for Pascha – Tone 1 – “The Angel Cried…”
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha – Tone 8
Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye of the Immortal Fountain.
Order of the Great Dismissal
Priest alone: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death…
People: … and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
(The same rubric is used during the Prokeimenon at vespers with the priest or chanter alone at first and the people following.)