Fifth Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Tone Four.
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts 11:19-26, 29-30.
At that time: They truly that had been dispersed by the tribulation that was made under Steven, walked throughout unto Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the Jews only. But certain of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who when they were entered into Antioch, spake to the Greeks, preaching our Lord Jesus. And the hand of our Lord was with them: and a great number of believers was converted to our Lord. And the report came to the ears of the Church that was at Jerusalem, touching these things: and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch. Who when he was come, and saw the grace of God, rejoiced: and he exhorted all with purpose of heart to continue in our Lord: because he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and faith. And a great multitude was added to our Lord. And he went, forth to Tarsus, to seek Saul: Whom when he had found, he brought him to Antioch. And they conversed there in the church a whole year: and they taught a great multitude, so that the disciples were at Antioch first named Christians. And the disciples according as each man had, purposed every one to send, for to serve the brethren that dwelt in Jewry: which also they did, sending to the ancients by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
St John 4:5-42.
At that time: Jesus cometh therefore into a city of Samaria which is called Sichar: beside the manor that Jacob gave to Joseph his son. And there was there the fountain of Jacob. Jesus therefore wearied of His journey, sat so upon the fountain. It was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water, Jesus saith to her, Give Me to drink. For His Disciples were gone into the city, to buy meats. Therefore that Samaritan woman saith to Him, How dost Thou being a Jew, ask of me to drink, which am a Samaritan woman? For the Jews do not communicate with the Samaritans. Jesus answered, and said to her, If thou didst know the gift of God, and who He is that saith unto thee, Give Me to drink: thou perhaps wouldst have asked of Him, and He would have given to thee living water. The woman saith to Him, Sir, neither hast Thou wherein to draw, and the well is deep: whence hast Thou the living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and himself drank of it, and his children, and his carrel? Jesus answered, and said to her, Every one that drinketh of this water, shall thirst again: but he that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall become in him a fountain of water springing up unto life everlasting. The woman saith to Him, Lord give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come hither to draw. Jesus saith to her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus saith to her, Thou has said well, that I have no husband. For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband. This thou hast said truly. The woman saith to Him, Lord, I perceive that Thou art a Prophet. Our fathers adored in this mountain, and you say, that at Jerusalem is the place where men must adore. Jesus saith to her, Woman believe Me, that the hour shall come, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem adore the Father. You adore that you know not: we adore that which we know, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now it is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and verity, for the Father also seeketh such, to adore Him. God is a Spirit, and they that adore Him, must adore in spirit and verity. The woman saith to Him, I know that Messias cometh, (which is called Christ): therefore when He cometh, he will show us all things. Jesus saith to her, I am He, that speak with thee. And incontinent His Disciples came: and they marveled that He talked with a woman. No man for all that said, What seekest thou, or why talkest Thou with her. The woman therefore left her water pot: and she went into the city, and saith to those men, Come, and see a Man that hath told me all things whatsoever I have done. Is not He Christ? They went forth therefore out of the city, and came to Him. In the meantime the Disciples desired Him, saying, Rabbi eat. But He said to them, I have meat to eat which you know not. The Disciples therefore said one to another, Hath any man brought Him for to eat? Jesus saith to them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, to perfect His work. Do not you say that yet there are four months, and harvest cometh? Behold I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries, that they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth, receiveth hire, and gathereth fruit unto life everlasting: that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice together. For in this is the saying true: that it is one man that soweth, and it is another that reapeth. I have sent you to reap that which you labored not: others have labored, and you have entered into their labors. And of that city many believed in Him of the Samaritans, for the word of the woman giving testimony, that He told me all things whatsoever I have done. Therefore when the Samaritans were come to Him, they desired Him that He would tarry there. And He tarried there two days. And many more believed for His own word. And they said to the woman, That now not for thy saying do we believe: for ourselves have heard, and do know that this is the Saviour of the world indeed.