Transfer of Trust

One of the most remarkable people in scripture for me besides Jesus and His Momma is the Woman at the well.  She was used as an example over and over by my sponsors in early years of recovery.  It was so profoundly formative to me that I've made a few different versions of  prayer cards for this event in the life of Christ.

In essence, this woman was trying to fulfill her longings for infinity with the finite.  Jesus saw this and invited her to drink the living water, in the longest recorded conversation of Jesus with another person.  That probably means something and it is important!  Byzantine Christians call this woman St. Photini which means "Enlightened One".

The rest of Photini's story
Like many of the early Saints, Photini's story is legendary.  Her and her sisters converted along with the rest of her village and went on to stand in front of Nero himself, eventually martyred by him.  She evidently enraged Nero by leading his daughter Domnina to Christ.  Domnina in turn led all her hundred servants to Jesus as well.  Nero was not amused.  Anyway, you can read the rest of the story by clicking on this photo of the back of my wall icon.

Byzantines ask Photini to
pray for them in this prayer.
Photini was given the title of "Holy Great Martyr" and "Equal to the Apostles" by Eastern Christians.  This is quite an honor I am told.  Her spirituality is both profound and simple: All our endless longings can be fulfilled in God alone, and once we trust in God regarding this fact, He can do great things through even us, who like Photini have perhaps felt like an outcast.  God delights in doing great things through his little ones who trust Him.  This is so consoling!

Click here to download or listen to the Byzantine prayer being intoned.
Click here to download or listen to the Transfer of Trust prayer being spoken.

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