Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 6th Week

Eve of Lazarus Saturday


Tone 8: Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, /

we beseech Thee in Thy love for man: /

Grant us also to behold the Holy Week of Thy Passion, /

that in it we may glorify Thy mighty acts /

and Thine ineffable dispensation for our sakes, /

singing with one mind: //

O Lord, glory to Thee.     Twice


Tone 8: O martyrs of the Lord, we beseech you, /

offer intercession to our God. /

Pray for abundant mercy on our souls //

and the forgiveness of our many sins.


Tone 6: O Lord, wishing to see the tomb of Lazarus - /

for Thou wast soon to dwell by Thine own choice within a tomb - /

Thou hast asked: Where have ye laid him?’ /

And, learning that which was already known to Thee, /

Thou hast cried to him whom Thou hast loved: /

‘Lazarus, come forth.’ /

And he who was without breath obeyed the One who gave him breath, //

even Thee, the Savior of our souls.      Twice


O Lord, Thou hast come to the tomb of one that was four days dead, /

to the burial place of Lazarus /

and weeping for Thy friend /

Thou hast raised up the four-day corpse, O Wheat of life. /

So death was bound by Thy voice, /

and the grave-clothes were loosed by Thy hands. /

Then the band of Thy disciples was filled with joy, /

and they all raised one voice in adoration, saying: /

‘Blessed art Thou, O Saviour, //

have mercy on us’.           Twice


O Lord, Thy voice destroyed the dominion of hell, /

and the word of Thy power raised from the tomb /

him that had been four days dead; /

and Lazarus became the saving first-fruits of the regeneration of the world./

All things are possible to Thee, O Lord and King of all. //

Bestow upon Thy servants cleansing and great mercy.’


O Lord, wishing to give to Thy disciples /

an assurance of Thy Resurrection from the dead, /

Thou hast come to the tomb of Lazarus and called to him by name. /

Then was hell despoiled, /

and it released the one that had been four days dead, //

as he called upon Thee: ‘O blessed Lord, glory to Thee.’


O Lord, taking Thy disciples, /

Thou hast come to Bethany to awaken Lazarus. /

Weeping for him in accordance with the law of human nature, /

Thou hast as God raised up the four-day corpse, /

and he cried out to Thee, our Savior: //

“O blessed Lord, glory to Thee.”


Glory…  Tone 8:

Standing before the tomb of Lazarus, O Savior, /

and calling to the dead man, Thou hast raised him as from sleep. /

He shook off corruption through the Spirit of incorruption, /

and at Thy word he came out bound with grave-clothes. /

All things are possible to Thee, /

all things serve Thee, /

loving Lord all things submit to Thee: //

Our Savior, glory to Thee.


Both now… Tone 8:

Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, /

Let us cry: Rejoice, city of Bethany, home of Lazarus. /

Rejoice, Martha and Mary, his sisters. /

Tomorrow Christ will come, by His word to bring your dead brother to life. /

Hearing His voice, bitter hell that is never satisfied /

will tremble, and groan aloud, /

and it will release Lazarus bound in his grave-clothes. /

Amazed by this miracle, /

a multitude of Jews will come to meet Him with palms and branches; /

though their fathers look on Him with malicious  envy, /

yet shall the children praise Him, saying: /

Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord, //

the King of Israel.


Prokimena and Old Testament Readings


Tone 6: Our help is in the name of the Lord, * Who hath made heaven and the earth.


Stichos: Had it not been that the Lord was with us, let Israel now say.

Lesson: Genesis 49:33- 50:26.


Tone 4: They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion / nevermore shall they be shaken.


Stichos: For the Lord will not permit the rod of sinners to be upon the lot of the righteous.


Lesson: Proverbs 31:8-32.


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