The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios

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Family  & Friends of 
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios!

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!  ΑΛΗΘΩΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!  
CHRIST IS RISEN!  TRULY HE IS RISEN!

The 5th Sunday of Pascha
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman


Sermon for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
By Metropolitan Anthony Sourozh
The Holy Gospel has not given us the name of the Samaritan woman.  But the tradition of the Church remembers, and calls her in Greek-Photini, in Russian-Svetlana, in the Celtic languages-Fiona, and in the Western languages-Claire.  And all these names speak to us of one thing - of light.

Having met the Lord Jesus Christ she has become a light shining in the world, a light that enlightens those who meet her.  Every Saint is offered us as an example; but we cannot always emulate the concrete ways in which a Saint lived, we cannot always repeat their way from earth to heaven.  But we can learn from each of them two things:

1.  The one is that by the grace of God we can achieve what seems humanly impossible; that is, to become a person in the image and likeness of God, to be - in this world of darkness and tragedy - a word of truth, a sign of hope, the certainty that God can conquer if we only allow Him access to our souls.  Because if the Kingdom of God is not established within us, if God is not enthroned in our minds and hearts, a fire that destroys everything unworthy of ourselves and of Him, we cannot spread God's light around.

2.   The second thing which the Saints can teach us is to understand the message which their names convey to us.  Today's Samaritan woman speaks of light.  Christ has said that He is the Light of the world, the light that enlightens all men; and we are called to give shelter within our souls, minds and hearts - indeed, within our whole self - to this light; so that the word spoken by Christ, "Let your light so shine before all men, that seeing your good deeds they may give glory to your Father who is in heaven", may be fulfilled and accomplished in and through us.

It is only through seeing our deeds, through seeing how we live that people can believe that the light is God's light; it is not in our words, unless they are words of truth and of power like those of the Apostles, or of Christ Himself indeed.  And let us reflect, each of us, on the meaning of our name and on the way in which we can become what we are called.

The Samaritan woman came to the well without any spiritual purpose; she came, as she came daily, to fetch water - and she met Christ.  Each of us may meet our God at any turn in our life, when we are about our most homely tasks, if our hearts are turned in the right direction, if we are prepared to receive a message, to listen; indeed - to ask questions!  Because the Samaritan woman asked a question of Christ, and what she heard transcended her question in such a way that she recognized in Him a prophet, and later - the Christ, the Savior of the world.

But the light must not be pushed under a bushel.  Having discovered that the Light had come into the world, that the word of divine truth was resounding now amidst men, that God was among us, she left behind all concerns and ran to share the joy, the wonder of what she had discovered with others.  She brought her fellow-citizens to Christ.  She told them first why she believed; and when perhaps curiosity, or the convincing power of her words, and the change that had occurred in her brought them to Christ, they saw for themselves and said to her, it is no longer because of what you say that we believe - we have seen, we have heard.

And this is what the Samaritan woman teaches all of us: be open at every moment of life, while we are busy with the simplest things, to receive the divine word, to be illumined by the divine light, to be cleansed by His purity, to receive it in the depths of our souls, receive it with all our life, so that people seeing what we have become may believe that the light has come into the world.

Let us pray to the Samaritan woman to teach us, to guide us, to bring us to Christ in the way in which she came, and to serve Him in the way in which she served Him, being the salvation of all who were around her. 

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A Spiritual Interpretation of Jacob's Well by St. Maximus the Confessor
  • Jacob's well is Scripture.
  • The water is the spiritual knowledge found in Scripture.
  • The depth of the well is the meaning, only to be attained with great difficulty, of the obscure sayings in Scripture.
  • The bucket is learning gained from the written text of the word of God, which the Lord did not possess because He is the Word Himself; and so He does not give believers the knowledge that comes from learning and study, but grants to those found worthy the ever-flowing waters of wisdom that spills from the fountain of spiritual grace and never runs dry.  For the        bucket - that is to say, learning - can only grasp a very small amount of knowledge and leaves behind all that it cannot lay hold of, however it tries. But the knowledge that is received through grace, without study, contains all the wisdom that man can attain, springing forth in different ways according to his needs. (Actual bucket not pictured).
From the Philokalia, "Second Century of Various texts,"II:193,194.
All above information obtained from the weblog: Mystagogy.

***Want to learn more about the Sundays of Pascha?  
Please visit: Sundays of Pascha.

Prayer To Help With Depression
Lord, my God, Who fulfills my every need according to Your will, Who gave Your only begotten Son for my salvation. Grant that I may acknowledge all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. And in my despair I know that all things that are impossible with me are possible with God.  Lift my spirit and transform me renewing my mind and heart toward You.  For it is You who are my help and salvation always now and forever and to the ages of ages.  Amen.
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Epistle Reading (5/17/2020): Acts of the Apostles 11:19-30
Gospel Reading (5/17/2020): The Gospel According to  John 4:5-42
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St. Demetrios Parish 
Information & Updates

 This Week at St. Demetrios...

Sunday, May 17th
5th Sunday of Pascha-Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Orthros, 8 a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9:30a.m.

Wednesday, May 20th
Great Vespers for the Feast of SS. Constantine & Helen, 7p.m.

Thursday, May 21st
Orthros, 8a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9a.m.

The services will be LIVE-STREAMED on our:
1. Our Church Website (Live-Stream Feed)
2. Our Church You-Tube Channel
3. Our Church Facebook Page

With the hope of making it more convenient for you, please click on the link  to go directly to our parish website: www.saintdemetrioselmhurst.org.

We encourage everyone to stay home, healthy & safe!
If you are in need of anything from our parish during this time, please do not hesitate to contact the Church Office at 630.834.7010.

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Calling all 2020 Graduates!   
Even though we cannot be together to celebrate your graduations, united in the love of Christ  we wish to honor you.

As in the tradition of The Greek Orthodox Church of 
St. Demetrios we are going to publish our program book that will include our graduates from PCA Kindergarten & 5th Grade;  PGS & PSGS Kindergarten;  PGS & PSGS 6th Grade.

***If you have graduates from  8th Grade; High School; College, University & Beyond, please submit their official names, school and grade of the graduates to the  Church Office by Wednesday, June 10th.

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Please don't forget to visit our Church's Website where you can find all our updated information - from service schedules, live-stream links, Metropolis news, social media links and more... www.saintdemetrioselmhurst.org



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Parish Registry as of May 15th:
Baptisms 10     Chrismations 1
Weddings 1     Funerals 16
Shut-Ins 15    Hospital & Home Visitations 380

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2020 Stewardship 
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios  
Stewardship as of  Friday, May  15th- 355  Stewards


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Y ou  may NOW register ONLINE!   
It is very simple! 
Just fill out the online application &  make your deposit via paypal!
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Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago 
Communications & Events  
AHEPA Sunday, May 17: Click here for   
  


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With the cancellation of our Fanari Summer Camp in-person program, 
we are excited to announced our "Together in Spirit" virtual summer 
program  for campers!

When: Begins June 7. 

              Check out our Facebook Event page for scheduled dates & times.

What: Virtual events include: song night, bonfires, virtual games, & more

Where: Via the  Fanari Camp Facebook, Instagram, and Zoom accounts

How: Register at fanari.camp | suggested donation: $25

 
Event Details
 June 7, 2020 - August 7, 2020
 Fanari Camp Facebook, Instagram, and Zoom accounts
 www.fanari.camp/contact

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A Partnership With Those Who Have Lost Their 
Jobs  Due to Covid-19

The Metropolis of Chicago is partnering with  Medix , a national workforce solutions firm, to help displaced workers belonging to the Metropolis find work during the pandemic. 

In the coming weeks, look for additional announcements from the Metropolis offering assistance to those in our community who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Employers and businesses are invited to partner with the Metropolis to offer job opportunities and humanitarian assistance to our community.

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COVID-19 Resources
(Liturgical Live-Streaming Links, Public Health Notifications & more)

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Though the current times have separated us from family, friends & neighbors, we remain united to each other as members of the Body of Christ.   As Orthodox Christians, there are few greater truths present in our faith.   In this spirit, the Metropolis of Chicago will share with the faithful sermonettes, prayers, reflection or stories from the clergy members and others of the Metropolis on a daily basis.
Please visit this webpage every day and share the pastoral messages with your family, friends and neighbors.  The Metropolis asks the faithful for their continued prayers for our first responders, doctors, nurses and for the people under their care.  

 
Your Church Office of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios Elmhurst, IL.
630.834.7010