Saint Photine the Samaritan Woman, the Great Martyr & Equal to the Apostles

Feast Day: February 26th & Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

The Life of Saint Photine: She was Baptized along with her two sons and five sisters after Pentecost. They went with the Apostles preaching Christ, bringing many idolaters to the Truth, for their teaching was filled with the power of Holy Spirit which they had received…


Fellowship Talk


The Gospel Reading of Saint Photine and Christ (John 4: 1-43)

Apolytikion: All illumined by the Holy Spirit, thou didst drink with great and ardent longing of the waters Christ Saviour gave unto thee; and with the streams of Salvation wast thou refreshed, which thou abundantly gavest to those athirst. O Great Martyr and true peer of Apostles, Photine, entreat Christ God to grant great mercy unto us.

Kontakion: Photine the glorious, the crown and glory of the Martyrs, hath this day ascended to the shining mansions of Heaven, and she calleth all together to sing her praises, that they might be recompensed with her hallowed graces. Let us all with faith and longing extol her gladly in hymns of triumph and joy.


Kathisma from the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman: Let Heaven rejoice, and let those upon the earth dance, for Christ, Who was born of the Virgin, has appeared as a man to deliver all mankind from corruption through His own death, and He has shown forth with wonders, as the Samaritan Woman seeks water to be granted to her from the Spring of healings, as the Only Immortal One.

Doxastikon: Finding the woman of Samaria by the well of Jacob, Jesus, Who covers the Earth with clouds, asked water of her. O the wonder! He Who rides on the Cherubim converses with a woman who is a harlot. He Who hung the Earth upon the waters, asks for water. He Who pours out springs and pools of water, seeks water, as He wishes truly to draw her who is hunted by the warlike foe, and to quench with the water of life the thirst of her who is aflame with foul desires, as He alone is compassionate and loves mankind.

Doxastikon: When through your inexpressible dispensation, Christ God, you appeared on Earth, the woman of Samaria, having heard Your word, full of love for mankind, left her bucket at the well and ran saying to those in the city: Come, see the One Who knows the heart: is not this the expected Christ, Who has great mercy?

Canon for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman: Being Life itself, and the Spring of Incorruption, You sat beside the spring, O Compassionate One, and for the Samaritan Woman who asked of You, You filled her with the waters of all wisdom, as she hymned You.

The life of all that live, the spring of all good things, the Lord richly rains down His teachings [for all], and cries to the woman: Give me water to drink, that I might grant you water to dry up the springs of your sins.

O Lord, you are the river of Eternal Life, and the abyss of mercy, O Good One, and while You were traveling, You sat by the Well of the Oath, and cried out to the Samaritan Woman: Give me water to drink, that you might receive the waters of forgiveness.