Variable Portions of the Divine Liturgy

The Raising of Lazarus


Variable Portions of the Divine Liturgy


Typical Antiphons

After the Little Entrance


Troparion      By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion,

(Tone 1)        Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God!

                       Like the children with the palms of victory,

                       we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death:

                       Hosanna in the highest!

                       Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!

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

                       Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.


Kontakion      Christ - the Joy, the Truth, and the Light of all,

(Tone 2)         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.


Instead of the Trisagion:


                   As many as have been baptized into Christ,

                             have put on Christ.  Alleluia.  (3)

                   Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

                             and to the Holy Spirit.

                   Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

                   Have put on Christ.  Alleluia!

                   As many as have been baptized into Christ,

                                have put on Christ.  Alleluia!




Tone 3             The Lord is my light and my Savior!  Whom shall I fear?


Holy Scriptures


Hebrews 12:28-13:8                                                    John 11:1-45


Instead of the Hymn to the Theotokos:


                   Let us honor the Pure Theotokos!

                   She accepted the Fire of Divinity in her womb but

                      was not consumed!

                   Let us magnify her in songs!


Communion Hymn


Out of the mouths of babes and infants Thou hast founded praise!


Epistle for Lazarus Saturday


Priest:              Let us attend!  Peace be unto all!


Reader:            And to your spirit!


Priest:              Wisdom!


Reader:            The Prokeimenon in the 3rd Tone:  The Lord is my light and my Savior!  Whom shall I fear?


People:            The Lord is my light and my Savior!  Whom shall I fear?


Reader:            The Lord is the Defender of my life!  Of whom shall I be afraid?


People:            The Lord is my light and my Savior!  Whom shall I fear?


Reader:            The Lord is my light and my Savior! 


People:            Whom shall I fear?


Priest:              Wisdom!


Reader:            The reading is from the Epistle of the holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.


Priest:              Let us attend!


(Hebrews 12:28-13:8)


Reader:            Brethren, Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.


Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never fail you nor forsake you." Hence we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?" Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.


Priest:              Peace be unto you, Reader.


Reader:            And to your spirit.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.


People:            Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.


Reader:            The Lord reigns;  He is robed in majesty!


People:            Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.


Reader:            For He has established the world so that it shall never be moved.


People:            Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.


Gospel for Lazarus Saturday


Priest:             The Reading is from the holy Gospel according to St. John.


People:            Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!


(John 11:1-45)

Priest:             Let us attend!  At that time, a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick." When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You 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 one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up." Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well." However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him." Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." 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 may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, "The Teacher has come and is calling for you." As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there." Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!" And some of them said, "Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me." Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."

Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him

People:            Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!


This content has been provided by Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski, CAPT, CHC, USN