St. Mary of Egypt Podcast

April 23, 2016

Raising of Lazarus the Righteous

Raising of Lazarus the Righteous

The Raising of Lazarus the Righteous.


The Canon to the Raising of Lazarus the Righteous

Let us all sing a triumphant song unto God, Who has done strange wonders with His mighty arm,
and has saved Israel: for He is glorified.
Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee.

O my Savior, Thou hast raised Lazarus who was four days dead, and freed him from corruption
by Thy mighty arm; and in Thy strength Thou hast revealed Thy power.

Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee.

Calling Lazarus from the tomb, immediately Thou hast raised him; but Hell below lamented
bitterly, and groaning, trembled at Thy power, O Savior.
Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee.

Thou hast shed tears for Lazarus, O Lord, thus proving that Thou hast truly taken flesh at Thine
Incarnation; and that, being God by nature, Thou hast become by nature a man like us.
Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee.

Thou hast made the tears of Martha and Mary to cease, O Lord and Savior, by raising Lazarus
from the dead, and in Thy power Thou hast endued a corpse with the breath of life.
Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee.

Obedient to the laws of human nature, Thou hast asked, O Master, where Lazarus was laid,
showing to all, O Savior, that at Thine Incarnation Thou hast become true man for our sake.
Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee.

Calling Lazarus by name, Thou hast broken in pieces the bars of Hell and shaken the power of
the enemy; and before Thy Crucifixion, Thou hast made him tremble because of Thee, O only
Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee.

O Master, Thou hast come as God to Lazarus, bound captive by Hell, and Thou hast loosed him
from his fetters, for all things submit to Thy command, O Mighty Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Let us now glorify Father, Son and Holy Spirit, undivided Trinity in Unity of Nature, and with
the angels let us glorify Him as one uncreated God.
Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O Virgin Mother, still remaining virgin, Thou hast conceived the Creator of the World through
the Holy Spirit, according to the good pleasure of the Father; and without alteration or confusion,
He became what we are.

Holy Gospel according to St. John. (11:1-45)

At that time, a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, in the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to Jesus, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it He said, “This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this Jesus said to the Disciples, “Let us go into Judea again.” The Disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone Thee, and Thou art going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” Thus He spoke, and then He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep.” The Disciples said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of His death, but they thought that He meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow Disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him, while Mary sat in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever Thou wilt ask from God, God will give it Thee.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, He Who is coming into the world.” When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying quietly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met Him. When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw Him, fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled; and He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not He Who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. I know that Thou hearest Me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me.” When He had said this, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what He did, believed in Him.