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== St Photine of Samaria and those with her ==
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[[Image:Photini.jpg|right|frame|St. Photine the Samaritan Woman]]
(John 4:1-42) "Photine" was the Samaritan woman who encountered Christ at Jacob's well. She repented after a very gentle and wise conversation with Christ and went and told her townspeople that she had met the Christ. For this, she is sometimes claimed as the first to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.
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The holy and glorious Great-martyr '''Photine of Samaria''' (also ''Photini'' or ''Svetlana''), [[Equal-to-the-Apostles]], encountered [[Christ]] at the [[Jacob's Well (Nablus, West Bank)|well of Jacob]]. Tradition relates that the [[Apostles]] [[baptism|baptized]] her with the name "Photine" meaning "enlightened one."  Her [[feast day]]s are celebrated on [[February 26]] with those who suffered with her (Greek tradition), [[March 20]] (Slavic tradition), and the [[Pentecostarion#Fifth_Sunday_of_Pascha:_The_Samaritan_Woman|Sunday of the Samaritan Woman]].
  
She converted her five sisters (St Anatole, St Photo, St Photis, St Paraskeve and St Kyriake) and her two sons (St Photinos, formerly known as Victor, and St Joses). They all became tireless evangelists for Christ.
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==Life==
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The [[Gospel of John]] (4:5-42) relates the encounter of Photine, the Samaritan woman, with Christ at Jacob's well. She repented after a very gentle and wise conversation with Christ and went and told her townspeople that she had met the Christ. For this, she is sometimes claimed as the first to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.
  
They travelled to Carthage in Rome after the Apostle Paul and Peter had martyred to proclaim the Gospel there.  
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She [[conversion|converted]] her five sisters (Ss. Anatole, Photo, Photis, Paraskeve, and Kyriake) and her two sons (St. Photinos, formerly known as Victor, and St. Joses). They all became tireless [[evangelism|evangelists]] for Christ.
  
In 66CE, under the persecutions of Emperor Nero, they all met the crown of martyrdom, along with the Duke St Sebastianos, the close friend of St Photinos.
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After the Apostles [[Apostle Paul|Paul]] and [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] were [[martyr]]ed, St. Photine and her family left their homeland of Sychar, in Samaria, to travel to Carthage to proclaim the [[Gospel]] of Christ there.  
  
They are all celebrated in the Orthodox Church February 26. St Photine is also commemorated on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman during the Paschal season.
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In 66 AD, under the persecutions of Emperor Nero, they all achieved the crown of martyrdom, along with the Duke St. Sebastianos, the close friend of St. Photinos.
  
There is some literature to suggest that St Photine had six sons.
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[[Image:Samaritan Woman.JPG|thumb|left|St. Photine meets Christ at the well of Jacob.]]
  
== Meaning of "Photine" ==
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==Hymns==
In Greek mythology, 'Phosphoros" was a god of light, a combination of the word phôs (meaning light) and phoros (meaning bearer). So the name Photini is a derivative of the word 'light' - phôs.
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[[Kontakion]] [http://www.wibsite.com/wiblog/ian/read.php?16903]
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:O Almighty Saviour, Who did pour forth water for the Hebrews from a solid rock:
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:You did come to the Land of Samaria, and addressed a woman,
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:whom You did attract to faith in You,
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:and she has now attained life in the heavens everlastingly.
  
== Hymns & Troparia ==
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==External links==
Hymns ...
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100846 Martyr Photina (Svetlana), the Samaritan Woman, and Her Sons] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=538 Photini the Samaritan Woman & her martyred sisters: Anatole, Phota, Photis, Praskevi, & Kyriaki] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://home.it.net.au/~jgrapsas/pages/photini.htm St Photini, The Samaritan Woman] ([[GOAA]])
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*[http://www.antiochian.org/1110771455 St. Photini] ([[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America|Antiochian]])
  
== Sources ==
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[[Category:Biblical Saints]]
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[[Category:Martyrs]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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[[Category:1st-century saints]]
  
== External Links ==
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[[ro:Fotini samarineanca]]
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[[el:Φωτεινή, Αγία]]

Latest revision as of 09:09, October 22, 2012

St. Photine the Samaritan Woman

The holy and glorious Great-martyr Photine of Samaria (also Photini or Svetlana), Equal-to-the-Apostles, encountered Christ at the well of Jacob. Tradition relates that the Apostles baptized her with the name "Photine" meaning "enlightened one." Her feast days are celebrated on February 26 with those who suffered with her (Greek tradition), March 20 (Slavic tradition), and the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.

Life

The Gospel of John (4:5-42) relates the encounter of Photine, the Samaritan woman, with Christ at Jacob's well. She repented after a very gentle and wise conversation with Christ and went and told her townspeople that she had met the Christ. For this, she is sometimes claimed as the first to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

She converted her five sisters (Ss. Anatole, Photo, Photis, Paraskeve, and Kyriake) and her two sons (St. Photinos, formerly known as Victor, and St. Joses). They all became tireless evangelists for Christ.

After the Apostles Paul and Peter were martyred, St. Photine and her family left their homeland of Sychar, in Samaria, to travel to Carthage to proclaim the Gospel of Christ there.

In 66 AD, under the persecutions of Emperor Nero, they all achieved the crown of martyrdom, along with the Duke St. Sebastianos, the close friend of St. Photinos.

St. Photine meets Christ at the well of Jacob.

Hymns

Kontakion [1]

O Almighty Saviour, Who did pour forth water for the Hebrews from a solid rock:
You did come to the Land of Samaria, and addressed a woman,
whom You did attract to faith in You,
and she has now attained life in the heavens everlastingly.

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