Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Fifth Sunday Of Pascha. The conversation of Christ with the soul

Today we are privileged to witness a holy conversation. This conversation is not just between Christ and a woman. It is between Christ and the soul. This is what we are privileged to see: God opening a window for us to look through, to see how the soul reacts, how it grows, how it learns, and how He enlightens it. …

The Samaritan Woman – Questions and answers

Who was the Samaritan woman? Tell about her life after meeting Jesus?

Who were the Samaritans? Describe their religion and relationship with the Jews.

What time did Jesus meet the Samaritan woman at the well? Is there anything odd about this time? Why do you think she drew water at time?

What 2 revolutionary things did Jesus do by even talking to the Samaritan woman? The proud Pharisees would have judged Him on at least two accounts.

Water plays a big role in the story of the Samaritan woman. Cite at least 5 other places where water is used to describe or point to our salvation.

In this case, Christ said to her:

“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: {14} But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)

What is the meaning of “water” in this context?

There was a significant prophesy concerning salvation which Jesus made when He spoke to the Samaritan woman. What was it? Approximate when it was understood by the entire church to be fulfilled (or being fulfilled)?

The conversation between Christ and the Samaritan woman mystically is actually another conversation between what 2 parties?

Compare and contrast the reaction of the Samaritan woman and townspeople and the townspeople in the region of the Gadarenes when Jesus visited them.

“You will die in your sins.”

"If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24). These are frightful words. St. John Chrysostom tells us ( that Christ came to take away the sin of the world, and that in baptism our sins are washed away and we "put off" the old man, our sinful… Continue reading “You will die in your sins.”


The Samaritan Woman – 5th Sunday of Pascha – John 4:5-42. New Homily.

The Samaritan Woman – 5th Sunday of Pascha – John 4:5-42 This well is very deep. How to acquire the Holy Spirit. The Lord puts Himself in our path. Knowledge comes to us by degrees, a little bit at a time.     In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,… Continue reading The Samaritan Woman – 5th Sunday of Pascha – John 4:5-42. New Homily.

Three Thoughts on the Third Day After the Death of Bishop Daniel of Erie

1. Vladyka Daniel was always himself, without any pretence, without any ambition, without any fear, without any considerations of political correctness …

2. Vladyka Daniel was chiefly devoted to the Old Rite, which has always seemed to the majority of Orthodox people to be an incomprehensible lost cause. …

3. Vladyka Daniel rendered a great service to our Russian Church Abroad by what he did not do. …

And, do not miss Bishop Daniel’s “Three F” Society!


Memory Eternal! +Daniel of Erie.

Vladyka Daniel reposed in the Lord after a long illness this morning. He visited our parish several times and regaled us with many edifying stories. He also was involved in the design of the St Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas. …

In the 1950’s he was asked by the Metropolitan to come to St. Nicholas in Dallas and be the parish priest…


Sunday of the Paralytic – the dialogue is the most important thing. Audio sermon 2010

LISTEN NOW John 5:1-15 1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind,… Continue reading Sunday of the Paralytic – the dialogue is the most important thing. Audio sermon 2010

Explanation of Scripture read by Orthodox Christians – The healing of the paralytic

Ten questions and answers about the healing of the Paralytic by the Sheep’s pool, such as:

In the scriptures, physical afflictions like paralysis, blindness, and leprosy often indicate or point to an even more serious problem. What is it?

According to the scriptures, the witness of the fathers, and the overall mind of the church, what are at least two causes or reasons for physical infirmities?

What is pointed to by the healing in the water?

Who was the angel who “troubled the water”? Why do we know this?