Sunday, September 23, 2018 UTC

APRIL 28, 29 & 30, MAY 1 & 2: SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMEN (5TH PASCHAL SUNDAY) & COMMEMORATION OF ST. JAMES – THE GREATER APOSTLE (APRIL 30TH)

samaritan_woman APRIL 28: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM; APRIL 29: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM; MAY 1: DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM; MAY 2: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

The day commemorates the encounter of Christ with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. In the Gospel Reading John 4: 5-42, we hear how the Samaritan woman wanted to learn about Christ and asked Him “give me this water, that I may not thirst”, therefore we also each day must ask Christ to give us His “living water” so that it may spiritually sustain us during these difficult times that we live in as Christians. The more we humble ourselves and ask Christ for this “living water” the more our lives will be filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit spreading love and joy, not only within our own households, but to all those who encounter us and know us. By sharing the “living water” with others, we become true disciples and witnesses of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Glory be to God for all things!

On April 30th we commemorate James, son of Zebedee. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus and was brother of John the Apostle. He is also called James the Greater or James the Great to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus and James the Just. James is described as one of the first disciples to join Jesus and was one of only three apostles whom Jesus selected to bear witness to his Transfiguration. The Acts of the Apostles records that “Herod the king” had James executed by sword. He is the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament. He is, thus, traditionally believed to be the first of the twelve apostles martyred for his faith.