Fifth Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 4.
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous proclamation of the Resurrection, casting off the ancestral condemnation, they spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is overturned! Christ our God is risen, granting the world great mercy.
Troparion of Mid-Pentecost, Tone 8.
In the middle of the feast, give my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of piety; for Thou didst cry out to all, O Saviour: If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. O Well-spring of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee.
Kontakion of the Samaritan Woman, Tone 8.
The Samaritan woman came to the well with faith and saw Thee, O Christ, the Water of wisdom, whereof she drank abundantly; and she became an heir of the kingdom on high for ever, as one worthy of praise for all time.
Now and ever.
Kontakion of Mid-Pentecost, Tone 4.
At the middle of the feast of the Law, O Maker and Master of all, Christ our God, Thou didst say to those who came to it: Come ye and draw the water of immortality; therefore, we fall down before Thee and cry out with faith: Bestow Thy bounties upon us; for Thou art the Well-spring of our life.
Prokimen, Tone 3.
Psalm 46:7, 2.
Sing praises to our God, sing ye: sing praises to our King, sing ye.
Verse: O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of joy.
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §28 (11:19-26, 29-30).
In those days: the disciples who had been dispersed by the persecution that arose on occasion of Stephen, went about as far as Phenice and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the Jews only. But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were entered into Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believing, were converted to the Lord. And the tidings 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 had seen the grace of God, rejoiced: and he exhorted them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord. And Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek Saul: whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch. And they conversed there in the church a whole year; and they taught a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians. And the disciples, every man according to his ability, purposed to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea: which also they did, sending it to the ancients, by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Alleluia, Tone 4.
Psalm 44:5, 8.
Verse 1: Set out, proceed prosperously, and reign: because of truth and meekness and justice.
Verse 2: Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §12 (4:5-42).
At that time: Jesus cometh to a city of Samaria, which is called Sichar, near the land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well. 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. Then that Samaritan woman saith to him: How dost thou, being a Jew, ask of me to drink, who 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 to thee, Give me to drink; thou perhaps wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith to him: Sir, thou hast nothing wherein to draw, and the well is deep; from whence then hast thou living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered, and said to her: Whosoever drinketh of this water, shall thirst again; but he that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall not thirst for ever: but the water that I will give him, shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting. The woman saith to him: Sir, 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 said to her: Thou hast said well, 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: Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers adored on 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 cometh, when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, adore the Father. You adore that which you know not: we adore that which we know; for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith to him: I know that the Messias cometh (who is called Christ). Therefore, when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith to her: I am he, who am speaking with thee. And immediately his disciples came; and they wondered that he talked with the woman. Yet no man said: What seekest thou? or, why talkest thou with her? The woman therefore left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men there: Come, and see a man who has told me all things whatsoever I have done. Is not he the Christ? They went therefore out of the city, and came unto him. In the mean time the disciples prayed 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 to eat? Jesus saith to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work. Do you not say, There are yet four months, and then the harvest cometh? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, 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 in which you did not labour: others have laboured, and you have entered into their labours. Now of that city many of the Samaritans believed in him, for the word of the woman giving testimony: He told me all things whatsoever I have done. So when the Samaritans were come to him, they desired that he would tarry there. And he abode there two days. And many more believed in him because of his own word. And they said to the woman: We now believe, not for thy saying: for we ourselves have heard him, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.
Shine, shine, New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord hath shown upon thee. Exult now, and make glad, O Sion; and thou, pure Mother of God, rejoice in the rising of thy Child.
Receive the body of Christ, taste the font of immortality.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.