My Savior and almighty God,* who from a rock made water gush* in the wilderness for the Hebrews,* You traveled to Samaria;* and with a woman You conversed* and asked for a drink of water.* Thus You drew her to faith in You;* and now in heaven forever* she enjoys life eternal.
hymn texts used by permission from https://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/dcs.html
We are in the middle of three Sundays that include water in their lessons and hymns. In the past, catechumens were often baptized at Pascha, and these Sundays that follow soon afterward are here for the newly-illumined (and all of us) to remember our baptisms and the water of life.
The hymns of matins and vespers for these Sundays are filled with water imagery. We are still also singing the Canon of Pascha, and we can celebrate the splash and refreshment of water; but as important as regular water is to us, it is sung about here in our hymns to remind us where the real water is—in Christ.
O Lord, midway through the feast, give drink to my thirsty soul from the living waters of right belief. You, O Savior, proclaimed to everyone, "Let whoever is thirsty come to Me and drink." You are the fountain of life, O Christ our God. Glory to You!