Sunday, April 28, 2024

The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Having come in faith to the well, the Samaritan woman beheld Thee, the water of wisdom, and having drunk abundantly thereof, she the renowned one inherited the kingdom that is above forever. (The Kontakion for today in the Byzantine Rite, the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on which is read the Gospel of the Samaritan woman, John 4, 5-42.)

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, depicted in a 16th fresco in the Stavronikita Monastery on Mt Athos, by Theophanes the Cretan. (Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons.)
The Ikos Let us hear the venerable mysteries, as John teacheth us the things that happened in Samaria, how the Lord conversed with the woman, asking for water, even He who gathered the waters together, that shareth His throne with the Father and the Spirit, for He the renowned one came seeking His own image forever.

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