Sunday, May 17, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Pascha

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman & After-feast of Mid-Pentecost

Apostles Andronikos and Junia of the Seventy; Athanasios the New, Bishop of Christianopolis;

 Eudoxia, Princess of Moscow

Nourishment of the Soul: “Remember that we are all weak, are very easily overcome by passions, and therefore be meek and patient to those who sin against you, knowing that you yourself often suffer from the same infirmity as your brother. Forgive those who trespass against you, so that God may forgive your trespasses incomparably greater than the trespasses of others against you. Be always calm, patient, kind-hearted, unsuspicious and firm, and you will always triumph over your enemies.” – St. John of Kronstadt

Notes of Sympathy: Michael and Olga  at the death of daughter Eileen’s husband  Adam; Sharon Catherine Gill and the family at the passing of her father Edward; Fr. David Wey at the passing of his mother Margaret.

Memory Eternal.

Saying Farewell to Father Lucas,  Presvytera Stacey, Theodore and Genevieve

Father Lucas will be attending Notre Dame for the PhD program in Theology starting on June 1st of this year. In the meantime all notes of well wishes and expressions of love and gratitude for Father Lucas and his family may be mailed to the Cathedral office by May 22nd. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

ATTN: Father Lucas Farewell. 3500 W. 106 Street. Carmel, IN 46032

Congratulations to our Nina Rogers, nurse in MCCSC. She received the annual STAR award and recognition  for exceeding excellence this school year. Axios!


Saturday, May 23: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, May 24: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 

We anticipate new directives for Monroe County. Look for an email from Fr. Peter Jon  that will outline our plan for the incremental opening of the church.

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Sunday’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

The Reading is from the Acts of the Saintly and Pure Apostles.  (11:19-30)

How great are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all.  Bless the Lord, O my soul!

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.

The Reading is 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 for Choir and Parish

The Eisodikon (Entrance Hymn) of Pascha (Usually sung by Fr. Peter Jon)

In the gathering places bless God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.

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  for 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.

All Saints Apolytikion – ‘Throughout the World’

Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8

Though Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal; Thou didst destroy the power of Death, and in victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming  rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women, granting  peace to Thine Apostles, and granting resurrection to the fallen.

The Megalynarion for Pascha- Tone 1

The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace: Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin. Again I say, rejoice;  Son hath risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself, He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people.

Shine, shine, shine,  O new Jerusalem,  the glory of the Lord hath shown upon thee. Exult now, exult and be glad, O Zion; Be radiant,  O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection, the resurrection of Your Son.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha – Tone 8

Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye the Fountain of immortality.

Instead of “We have seen the true light,” sing “Christ is Risen.”

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!








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Birthday Greetings: Hannah Gillquist (18th)

Name Day Blessing: St. Photini (17th): Mezy A; Hannah G; Shirley R; Nancy J (St. Lydia – 20th); Saraqael H (St. Elena – 21st)

Memory Eternal: Edward (Sharon Catherine’s father); Adam (Olga and Michael’s son-in-law and Eileen’s husband); Margaret (Fr. David’s mother)

Prayer List: Aphrodite and son Angelos; Eileen; Violet; Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin & Janet; Mary Ann; Vicki;  Mat. Raisa; Kathleen with child; Rebekah with child; Amanda Hermione with child; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew for education decisions;  Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith Ann; George; Dee; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga; Leanne; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalana; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East; our nation; world-wide pandemic.