Nablus: “Samaritan Sunday” of the Greek-Orthodox people

Posted on May 19, 2017

The faithful recalled, together with Patriarch Theophilus III, the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman, in the church that houses Jacob’s well.

Photina, from the Greek “bright”.
The Greek Orthodox tradition gives this name to the Samaritan woman, protagonist of the encounter with Jesus at Jacob’s well, narrated in John’s Gospel.

The episode was recalled at Nablus on Sunday, May 14, in the church that still houses that same well.

Greek-Orthodox Parish Priest – Jacob’s Well

“Today is a great celebration for all Christians in the world, especially for Orthodox people. Today, all Orthodox churches are reading the same Gospel passage. For this reason, the Patriarch came from Jerusalem together with several priests from Palestine, Greece and Romania.”

Rafidia Nablus

“We celebrate this festival each year, on the fourth week after Easter. Samaritan Sunday is a holy day for the locals.”

Photina, according to tradition, was baptized after the resurrection of Jesus and died a martyr’s death in Rome, Italy. On the occasion of the festive celebration, the church that was dedicated to this saint welcomed dozens of faithful.

“We are Orthodox Scouts and we came here to play for this Feast and to attend the Mass.”

Orthodox Scout – St. George – Zababdeh

“This is the first time I have been here accompanied by the Scouts. I came here with my family several times before. On the occasion of this feast, we have also traveled on a school trip.”


“I came from Jordan to attend Mass and celebrate this recurrence. Everything here is amazing … everything! ”

Among the walls of the sanctuary, located in the heart of Samaria and whose first construction dates back to 384 AD, there was an atmosphere of both celebration and reflection…


“We love this monastery and we love to come back here to visit it and meet its leaders. We are proud of our Christian tradition here and in Palestine in general.”

Greek-Orthodox Parish Priest – Jacob’s Well

“This place is holy not only for the Orthodox people, but also for all denominations who believe in one God. It is open to everyone!”