Lazarus Saturday

The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is served

Beatitude Verses:  4 from Ode 3; 4 from Ode 6 of the Triodion


1.  Displaying Thy two energies, O Savior, Thou hast made manifest Thy two natures: for Thou art both God and man.


2.  Though Thou art the Abyss of knowledge, Thou dost ask where they have laid the body of Lazarus.  For it was Thy purpose, O Giver of Life, to raise him from the dead.


3.  Going from one place to another, Thou hast, as mortal man, appeared circumscribed; but, as God uncircumscribed, Thou fillest all things.


4.  At Thy divine word, Thou hast raised Lazarus, O Christ.  I pray Thee, raise me also, dead through my many sins.


5 & 6.  As true God Thou hast known of the falling asleep of Lazarus and hast announced it before hand to Thy disciples, giving them a proof, O Master, of the infinite power of Thy divinity.


7 & 8.  Thou who art by nature uncircumscribed wast circumscribed in the flesh; coming to Bethany, O Master, as man Thou dost weep over Lazarus, and by Thy power as God Thou dost raise him on the fourth day from the dead.


At the entrance, “O Come let us worship…” is sung as on Sundays.


Troparion and Kontakion


Tone 1:  In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, /

Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. /

Wherefore, we also, like the children bearing the symbols of victory, /

cry to Thee the Vanquisher of death: /

Hosanna in the highest; //

blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.


Glory… Both now… Tone 2:  

Christ, the Joy of all, the Truth, the Light, /

the Life, the Resurrection of the world, /

hath, of His goodness, appeared to those on earth, /

and become the archetype of the Resurrection, //

granting divine forgiveness unto all.


Instead of the Trisagion:  As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  Alleluia.  Thrice.

            Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Have put on Christ. Alleluia.

            As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 3rd Tone: The Lord is my light and my savior; whom then shall I fear?

Choir:  The Lord is my light and my savior; whom then shall I fear?

Reader:  The Lord is the defender of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

Choir:  The Lord is my light and my savior; whom then shall I fear?

Reader. The Lord is my light and my savior.

Choir:  Whom then shall I fear?


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews: 

[Hebrews 12:28-13:8]


Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  For He established the world which shall not be shaken

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 11:1-45]


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of the Triodion, Eighth Tone:


With all peoples let us honor and glorify the pure Theotokos, /

who conceived within her womb the divine Fire /

and yet was not consumed; //

and let us magnify her in never-silent hymns.


Communion Verse:

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast Thou perfected praise. Alleluia! Alleluia!



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