"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

A cup of water, please.

Blogger’s note: On Wednesdays, I offer a gift from the Orthodox Church.  Today’s hymn comes from last Saturday’s Vespers service.  Christ asks water from the woman to free her from her vices; as we offer a gift of water to the thirsty in our midst, we may encounter the same power of Christ.

At Jacob’s well Jesus met the Samaritan woman. He who screened the earth with clouds, asked water of her. What wonder, that he who rideth on the cherubim converseth with an adulterous woman. He asked water who suspended the earth on the waters. He seeketh water who caused the springs of water and their lakes to overflow. Yea, that he may draw to him the truth ensnared by the contending enemy, and give her water to drink who was inflamed with ugly vices; for he alone is compassionate and the Lover of mankind.

-from the Vesperal Canon of the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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