Saint Lazarus Four-Day, the Friend of Christ

Feast Day: Lazarus Saturday (Saturday before Palm Sunday),

& October 17th


The Life of Saint Lazarus: Then Jesus prayed, and, shedding tears for the one who lay there, cried with a loud voice: “Lazarus, come forth.”…

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Prayers

Apolytikion: O Christ our God, before Your Passion, You raised Lazarus from the dead to confirm the common resurrection for all. Therefore, we carry the symbols of victory as did the youths, and we cry out to You, the Victor over death, “Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

Kontakion: Christ – everyone’s Joy, the Truth, the Light, Life, the Resurrection of the world – has by His Goodness appeared to those on Earth. He is the Archetype of the Resurrection, granting Divine forgiveness to all.

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Rejoice, O Bethany

Rejoice, rejoice, O Bethany!
On this day God came to thee,
And in Him the dead are made alive,
As it is right for He is the Life.

When Martha went to receive Him,
Grieving loudly with bitter tears,
She poured out the sorrow of her heart to Him
With great sadness, wailing her lament.

She at once cried out unto Him:
“My Most Compassionate Lord, my Lord,
At the great loss of my brother Lazarus
My heart is broken, help me.”

Jesus said to her, “Cease your weeping,
Cease your grieving and sad lament;
For your brother, My most beloved friend, Lazarus,
Very soon will live again.”

Then He, the Faithful Redeemer,
Made His way unto the tomb,
Where He cried unto him who was buried four days,
Calling him forth, saying “Lazarus, arise.”

Come with haste, ye two sisters,
And behold a wondrous thing,
For your brother from the tomb has returned to life.
To the Beloved Redeemer now give thanks.

To Thee, O Lord of Creation,
We kneel down in reverence profound,
For all we who are dead in sin,
In Thee, O Jesus, are made alive.


John 11: 5

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 

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Saint Lazarus is sisters with Saint Mary and Saint Martha of Bethany.


John 11: 43

Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”

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“Six days before the Passover,
before the Five senses,
the Four-Days-Dead,
by the Third-Day-Risen One,
to the Two [sisters, Saints Martha and Mary],
He grants the One [brother, Saint Lazarus].”
by Saint Epiphanios of Salamis


After his resurrection, Saint Lazarus could not eat any food without first putting something sweet on it, because he experienced death and saw the pain of the Souls in Hades.

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Saint Lazarus never smiled after his resurrection from the dead, except for one time when he saw a man stealing a clay pot, he smiled and said: “Clay stealing clay.”

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Our Most Holy Mother of God made an Omophorion and Epimanikia for Saint Lazarus, who was the first Bishop of Kition in Cyprus.


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