Orthodox Christian Celebration Of The Saturday Of Lazarus
The Saturday of Lazarus is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. The day and commemoration receives its name from the miracle of Christ recorded in the Gospel.
Scripture readings for the Saturday of Lazarus are:
The Divine Liturgy: Hebrews 12:28-13:8; John 11:1-45.
At the Divine Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday, the baptismal verse from Galatians (“As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” Galatians 3:27) replaces the Thrice-Holy Hymn, thus indicating the resurrectional character of the celebration, and the fact that Lazarus Saturday was once among the few great baptismal days in the Orthodox Church Year.
Hymns Of The Feast
Troparion: (First Tone)
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your Passion, You confirmed the universal resurrection, O Christ God! Like the children with palms of victory, We cry out to You, O Vanquisher of Death; Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!
Kontakion: (Second Tone)
Christ – the Joy, the Truth, and the Light of All, the Life of the World and the Resurrection – has appeared in his goodness to those on earth. He has become the Image of our resurrection, granting divine forgiveness to all.