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Christ is Risen!
 
Saint Nectarios Greek
Orthodox Mission Church
Bulletin for Week Ending May 30
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301
Facebook: 'Saint Nectarios - Pasco' Group      Email: Tricityorthodox@aol.com
Website: www.stnectariostricities.org     Phone: 509 547-3968
 
Saint Nectarios Services
 
Restart of Live In-Church Services:  Starting in June, Saint Nectarios will re-start in-Church services – initially with a frequency of once a month.  We will continue to follow the protocols for the pandemic (spacing, masks, attendance cap, etc.). 
 
The next Service at St Nectarios in Pasco will be at 10amDivine Liturgy starting  on June 6.   Come and join us!  RSVP to Tammy Droppo (5O9 947 8745) that you will attend.  This Divine Liturgy Service will be conducted entirely in-church with no online presence. 
 
We all miss the visiting (and of course the food) associated with Fellowship Time.  Because of the pandemic, we are not having in-Church Fellowship Time.  However, all are invited to participate (weather permitting) in after-the-Service informal outdoor conversations.  We look forward to time when we will be able to resume the in-Church Fellowship Time.
 
For the near future, during the other weekends of the month, Saint Nectarios will conduct on-line Services will be streamed to Facebook.  
 
As noted last week, our goal before the pandemic, was to try to have Divine Liturgy every Sunday.  And now, Saint Nectarios plans to have Liturgy every Sunday with a combination of in-Church and online Services.  We are looking forward to time when we will be able to expand the number of Sundays each month with in-Church Divine Liturgy. 
 
Upcoming Online Church Services
 
Saturday, May 29
4:00 pm. Orthodox Discussion Group (online)
5:00 pm. Saturday Vespers (online)
Sunday, May 30
10:00 am. Divine Liturgy (online)
1:00 pm. Sunday Fellowship Time (online)
 
Friday, June 4
6:00 pm. Akathist to St. Nectarios (online & at-home)
Saturday, June 5
4:00 pm. Orthodox Discussion Group (online)
5:00 pm. Saturday Vespers (online)
Sunday, June 6
10:00 amDivine Liturgy Service in-Church!
 
  
Saint Nectarios Activities
 
Weekly Services – Starting in June, there will in-Church Divine Liturgy on at least  one weekend per month.  On other weekends, online Services will be streamed live to the Facebook Group, “Saint Nectarios – Pasco.”   
 
Online Christian Orthodox Study Group with Father John is held each Saturday afternoon.  A copy of the book is not required, text study sections are displayed as part of the meeting.  
This activity is great for those who want to learn about the Orthodox faith.   
 
Saint Nectarios Sunday Afternoon Fellowship Time provides a time for Parish members to visit and share both current and past experiences. 
 
Bookmarks (Links) to join St Nectarios online activities – all are welcome to join!  If it is your first time, join a few minutes early - so we can do introductions.  
 *** All Saturday Services:  Liturgy; Orthodox Study Group; Vespers ***
  *** All Sunday Services:  Divine Liturgy Fellowship Time, Vespers ***
*** All Monday to Friday Services ***
 
Need Help? Just call for help connecting to online activities.   Jim Droppo 5O9 366-8745.
 
Message from Father John
 
SPIRITUAL THIRST
A large percentage of our physical body consists of water.  That’s the reason we can survive longer without food than without water.  We have many kinds of “ales” to satisfy our physical thirst, but who or what can quench and satisfy our spiritual thirst?
The Samaritan woman judged Jesus from His appearance as a mere Jew in need of water.  She invoked the perennial differences between Jews and Samaritans, caused by the exchange and “mixing” of the Samaritan population by Sargon, the Assyrian king, in 721 B.C.  But Jesus shifted the conversation from the empty world of appearances to the real needs of the spirit, to the deep existential questions.  The Samaritan woman had tried to drown the emptiness of her life by repeated marriages and extramarital affairs.  She was surprised when Jesus revealed her “secret love life” to her.  For a moment, she tried to avoid the pain of her sinful past by pointing to the differences of worship and beliefs between Samaritans and Jews.  But Jesus stayed the course of conversation and pointed out the real presence of God that supersedes the “apparent” differences of worship.  “God is spirit, and all who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.”
Now the Samaritan woman realized that she had before her an “extraordinary person, Who could even read her innermost thoughts and Who “mysteriously” knew her past sinful life.  She thought that he was a prophet. Could He also be the Messiah?” 
 Jesus revealed to her that He was truly the expected Messiah.  This thought made her a missionary in spirit, and she ran to the city to share her discovery with the people of her village:  “Come and see a man who has told me everything that I have done.”  Curiosity brought the people to Jesus in the beginning.  But when they met Him in person, they were convinced that He truly was the “Messiah,” and they asked Him to stay with them a few days to quench their spiritual thirst.  Jesus accepted their invitation and stayed with them two days and “evangelized” Samaria.
After Jesus left, the Samaritan woman dedicated her life to Jesus and became His missionary in Samaria.  She changed her name to “Fotini,” which means the “illuminated.”  We see that her initial superficial conversation by Jacob’s well led her eventually to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.  She found in Him the “Life-giving Spring of Living Water,” who satisfied her inner thirst and made her a worthy vessel to carry God’s healing and refreshing water, His “Good News” of salvation, to many other thirsty souls in her village and other cities.
Through her faith and spiritual conversion to Christ, Fotini invites all of us to discover the “Spring of the Living Water” for ourselves and to come to the spirit-filled Sacraments of His Church to satisfy the thirst of our souls.

Christ is Risen!
With love, Fr. John P. Angelis  
 
Divine Liturgy
 
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 30, 2021
 
Saints
Emilia, mother of Saint Basil the Great
Isaacius, Abbot of the Monastery of Dalmatus
 
Hymns of the Day
Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Tone
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
 
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
The women disciples of the Lord heard from the angel, the joyful news of the Resurrection and the repeal of the sentence imposed upon our forefathers. With pride they said to the Apostles, "Death is vanquished, Christ our God is risen bestowing upon the world His great mercy."
 
Apolytikion for Mid-Pentecost in the Plagal Fourth Tone
Mid-way in the feast, refresh my thirsty soul with the flowing waters of piety. For You cried out to all, O Savior, "Let him who thirsts come to me and drink." You, O Christ our God, are the Fountain of Life, glory to You.
 
Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone
The Offspring of Selyvria and Guardian of Aegina, the true friend of virtue who appeared in the last years. Oh Nectarios we faithful honor you as a godly servant of Christ! For you bring forth healings of every kind for those who piously cry out: Glory to Christ who has glorified you, Glory to him who made you wondrous, glory to him who workest healings for all through you.
 
Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Tone
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
The translations of hymns are under copyright and used by permission. All rights reserved. These works may not be further reproduced, in print or on other websites or in any other form, without the prior written authorization of the copyright holder:  Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal of the First Tone &copy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Resurrectional Apolytikion in Fourth Tone &copy Narthex Press; Apolytikion for Mid-Pentecost in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone &copy Narthex Press; Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone &copy Narthex Press
 
 Gospel and Epistle Readings
 
Epistle Readings
Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.
 
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 11:19-30.
In those days, those apostles 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 on 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 Agabos 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 Readings
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 you, 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, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you 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; 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 you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that 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 the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show 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 do you wish?" or, "Why are you 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 told 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 word. They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard ourselves, and we know that this is indeed Christ the Savior of the world."
 
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Need Help? Just call for help connecting to online activities.   Jim Droppo 5O9 366-8745.
   
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