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Lazarus Saturday (keep)

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Saturday Fast Day: Caviar, Wine & Oil allowed. 
18/31 Saturday of the Sixth Week of Great Lent. Tone I. Lazarus Saturday.
St. Cyril, abp. of Jerusalem (L: VIII 2). St. Edward the Martyr, king of England. St. Aninas the Wonderworker, monk of 
the Euphrates. MM Trophimus and Eucarpion of Nicomedia (L: XXVI 2). St. Tetricus, bp. of Langres (Gaul). 
St. Finan of Aberdeen, disciple of St. Kentigern. Rep. Abbot Mark of Optina (1909). 
Dismissal: May Christ our true God, who rose from the dead... Service from the Triodion (§3B21). 
The service to St. Edward, should the rector desire to perform it, may be transferred to another convenient day during the Sixth Week of Great Lent. 
Vespers: (1) Gen 49:33-50:26, (2) Prov 31:8-32
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 
Epistle: •Heb §333 from the midpoint (12:28-13:8). Gospel: •John §39 (11:1-45). 
          Service from the Triodion
Lazarus sheet Matins music canon
Lazarus sheet music troparion
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Canon with refrains added:

The Canon
Up to the end of Canticle Five we use the following two Canons, the first with eight troparia and the second with six. At Canticle Six we begin the two four-canticled Canons. 
Ode One
First Canon (by Theophanes)
Tone Eight
(Irmos) Let us sing a song of triumph to. the Lord, who led His people through the .Red Sea: for He has been glorified. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
With Thy divine command Thou hast raised dead Lazarus, in Thy love for mankind; for Thou art the Fashioner and Guardian of Life. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
O immortal. Lord, with Thy word Thou hast raised Lazarus, four days dead, and by Thy power Thou hast destroyed the dark kingdom of hell. . 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Thou hast given to all, O Master, a .proof of Thy transcendent Godhead, raising Lazarus from the dead on the fourth day. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Today Bethany proclaims beforehand the Resurrection of Christ the Giver of Life, and it rejoices at the rising of Lazarus. 
[Another Canon (by Kosmas the Monk)  Same Tone  (Irmos) Having crossed the water…]
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
In the beginning Thou hast brought all creation out of nothing, and Thou knowest the secrets of our hearts; and now as Master Thou dost foretell to Thy disciples the falling asleep of Lazarus. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
O Christ, Thou hast become man, taking human nature from the Virgin, and as man Thou hast asked where Lazarus was buried, although as God Thou wast not ignorant of this. 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
O Word, giving us an assurance of Thine own Resurrection, Thou hast raised Thy friend as if from sleep, though he had lain four days in the tomb and already stank.,
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.  Amen   Theotokion .
The hosts of angels and of mortal men praise thee, O Virgin Mother, without ceasing. For thou hast carried their Creator as a babe in thine arms.
(Katavasia) Having crossed the water as though it were dry land, and escaped from the wickedness of Egypt, the children of Israel shouted aloud: ‘Let us sing to our Deliverer and our God.’


Ode Three 
First Canon
(Irmos) Thou art the strong support of those that run to Thee, O Lord; Thou art the light of those in darkness, and my spirit sings in praise of Thee. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Displaying Thy two energies, O Saviour, Thou hast made manifest Thy two natures: for Thou art both God and man.
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
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. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Going from one place to another, Thou hast, as mortal man, appeared circumscribed; but, as God uncircumscribed, Thou fillest all things.
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
At Thy divine word, Thou hast raised Lazarus, O Christ. I pray Thee, raise me also, dead through my many sins. 
Second Canon
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
O Lord who workest miracles, standing in Bethany by the tomb of Lazarus, Thou hast shed tears. for him in accordance with the law of nature, confirming the full reality of the flesh which Thou hast taken, O Jesus my God.
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Straightway Thou hast made the sorrow of Mary and Martha to cease, O Saviour, showing Thy sovereign authority. For, as Thou hast said, Thou art in truth the Resurrection and the Life and the Lord of all. 
Glory...
O Lord, from the ranks of the dead and the darkness of hell thou hast snatched Thy friend Lazarus, bound in his grave-clothes; and by Thine all-powerful word Thou hast broken Open the gates of the kingdom of death. 
Both...  Theotokion
Taking up Thy dwelling in a Virgin, O Lord, Thou hast appeared to men incarnate, enabling them to see Thee with their eyes; Thou hast made her in very truth the Theotokos and the Succour of the faithful, O Thou who alone lovest mankind. 
(Katavasia) O Lord, Thou Builder of the vault of heaven and Founder of the Church,. do Thou confirm me in Thy love: for Thou art our supreme desire and the support of the faithful, O Thou who alone lovest mankind. 
Sessional Hymn
Tone Four
The sisters of Lazarus stood beside Christ and, lamenting with bitter tears, they said to Him: ‘O Lord, Lazarus is dead.’ And though as God He knew the place of burial, yet He asked them, ‘Where have ‘ye laid him?’ Coming to the tomb, He called Lazarus that was four days dead; and he arose and worshipped the Lord who had raised him. 
Glory to the Father… Both now… 
Tone Eight
Foreknowing all things as Creator, Thou hast warned the disciples at Bethany, saying: ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep today.’ And, though Thou wast not ignorant, Thou hast asked: 
‘Where have ye laid him?’ Weeping as a man, Thou hast prayed to the Father; ‘Thou hast called Thy friend Lazarus from hell, O ‘Lord, and raised him when he had been four days dead. Therefore we cry to Thee: Accept, O Christ our God, the praise we dare to offer, and count us all worthy of Thy glory.


Ode Four 
First Canon
(Irmos) O Lord, I have heard the mystery of, Thy dispensation; ‘I have considered Thy works, and I have glorified Thy Godhead. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Thou hast prayed to the Father, not because Thou art in need of any help, but to fulfill the mystery of Thine Incarnation; and so, almighty Lord, Thou hast raised up a corpse that was four days dead. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Coeternal with the Father, the Word that was revealed from. the beginning as God, now offers prayers as man, though it is He that receives the prayers of all 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
O Saviour, Thy voice destroyed all the power of death, and the foundations of hell were shaken by Thy divine might 
Theotokion
Most Holy Theotokos save us.
Let us sing the praises of the Virgin, for she remained a virgin after bearing child, and she gave birth to Christ our God, who has delivered the world from error. 
Second Canon
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
As Shepherd, .O Saviour and Creator, Thou hast snatched from the fierce and all-devouring wolf a man that had been four days dead; and through him, in Thy power as Lord, Thou hast revealed beforehand the universal glory of Thy Resurrection on the third day. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Beholding Thee, O Christ the Life, the companions of Martha cried aloud: ‘If Thou hadst been here, O Lord, the Light and Life of all, Lazarus would not have died.’ But since Thou art the Life of the dead, in Thy love for mankind Thou hast turned their sorrow into joy. 
Glory...
The depths are afraid at Thy presence, O .Lord, the source of life; all the waters are Thy servants. The gatekeepers tremble before Thee, O Christ, and the bars of hell are broken by Thy power, as Lazarus rises from the dead at Thy command, almighty Saviour who lovest mankind. 
Both...
Theotokion
Unwedded Virgin, thou art the glory of the faithful; thou art the advocate and refuge of Christians, their rampart and haven. For, Undefiled, thou dost offer intercession to thy Son, saving from danger those who in faith and love acknowledge thee as the pure Theotokos.
(Katavasia) Thou art my might, O Lord, Thou art my power; Thou art my God, Thou art my joy. Thou wast not separated from the Father, yet Thou hast visited our poverty. Therefore with the Prophet Habakkuk I cry unto Thee: Glory to Thy power, O Thou who lovest mankind. 


Ode Five 
First Canon
(Irmos) O Light that never sets, why: hast Thou cast me from Thy face ?- And why has the alien darkness covered me in my wretchedness? But I entreat Thee, cause me to return, and direct my paths to the light of Thy commandments. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
In Thy love for mankind, coming to the tomb of Lazarus Thou hast called him and granted him life, for Thou art the immortal life of all mortal men; and so Thou hast as God clearly foretold the future Resurrection. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
His feet bound in the grave-clothes, Lazarus walked out from the tomb. O wonder of wonders! Christ who gave him strength is greater than the power of death which held him back. All things obey Christ’s word, serving Him as God and Master. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Thou hast raised Lazarus on the fourth, day, though his corpse already stank Raise me up, O Christ, for I am dead in sin and lie in the pit and the dark shadow of death; deliver and save me in Thy compassion. 
Second Canon
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Thou hast prayed and given glory to the Father, for Thy power is not opposed to His. To confirm the faith of the multitude that stood round Thee, Thou hast thanked Thy Father, O longsuffering Lord, and then raised Lazarus by Thy command. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
O voice of God! O divine power and might! With that voice, O Saviour, Thou hast shattered the gates of hell: and all-devouring death. Deliver me from my passions, as once Thou hast delivered Thy friend Lazarus that was four days dead. 
Glory...
At the prayers of Lazarus, of Martha and Mary, O loving Lord, make us worthy to behold Thy Cross and Passion, and the joyful Queen of Days, the Feast of Thy Resurrection. 
Both...
Theotokion
Since, all-pure Virgin, thou hast a mother’s boldness before thy Son, do not forget us and our needs, we pray, for we are thy kinsfolk: .thee alone we Christians bring as intercessor, to win the gracious mercy of the Master. 
(Katavasia) O Light that never sets, why: hast Thou cast me from Thy face ?- And why has the alien darkness covered me in my wretchedness? But I entreat Thee, cause me to return, and direct my paths to the light of Thy commandments. 
We now begin the two four-canticled Canons. The irmos of the first Canon is sung twice, and the troparia of the two Canons are then repeated so as to make up the number twelve. 


Ode Six
First Canon (by Kosmas the Monk)
Tone Eight
(Irmos) O Lord, who hast made Jonah dwell within the whale, deliver me from corruption, as Thou hast delivered him ; for I am caught in the snares of the enemy. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Love led Thee, Master, to Lazarus at Bethany; and as God Thou hast raised him, though his corpse already stank, and hast delivered him from the bonds of hell. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Martha despaired when she saw Lazarus already four clays dead. But Christ, as God, raised him from decay and brought him back to life by His word 
Another Canon (by John the Monk)
Glory...
As true God Thou hast known of the falling asleep of Lazarus and hast announced it beforehand to Thy disciples, giving them .a proof, O Master, of the infinite power of Thy divinity. 
Both...
Thou who art by nature uncircumscribed wast circumscribed in the flesh; coming to Bethany, O Master, as. man Thou cost weep over Lazarus, and by Thy power as God Thou cost raise him on the fourth day from the dead. 
(Katavasia) Be merciful to me, O Saviour, for many are my transgressions, and lead me up, I beseech Thee, from the abyss of evil: for unto Thee have I cried; hearken unto me, O God of my salvation. 
Kontakion, 
Tone Two
Christ, the joy of all, the truth, the light, the life, the resurrection of the world, in His love appeared to those on earth; and He became Himself the pattern of our resurrection, granting divine forgiveness unto all. 
Ikos
The Creator of the world foretold to His disciples what would come to pass, proving to them that He knows all things as the Maker of all. ‘Brethren and companions, our friend has fallen asleep’, He said. ‘Let us go, then, and see a strange burial, and behold the tears of Mary and the tomb of Lazarus. For I shall work a miracle there, as the prelude to My Crucifixion, granting divine forgiveness unto all.’ 


Ode Seven 
First Canon
(Irmos) The Hebrew children in the furnace boldly trampled upon the flames, and changed the fire to dew as they cried aloud: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, for evermore.’
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee. 
Weeping as man in Thy compassion, Thou hast as God raised Lazarus from the tomb; and, delivered from hell, he cried aloud: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, for evermore.’ 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
At the Master’s word Lazarus came out bound in grave- clothes, escaping from the chaos and darkness of hell, and he .cried aloud: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, for evermore.’ 
Second Canon
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Shedding tears over Thy friend, O merciful Lord, Thou hast made the tears of Martha cease, and by Thy voluntary Passion Thou hast wiped away all tears from the face of Thy people.. O God of fathers, blessed art Thou.
Glory...
Master of Life and Saviour, Thou hast called the dead man as if he were asleep. With Thy word Thou hast burst asunder the belly of hell and raised up Lazarus as he sang: ‘O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.’ 
Both now...
O Master, Thou hast raised a dead man bound in grave clothes, a corpse that already stank. I am held fast in the bonds of sin; raise me up and I shall sing: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou. 
(Katavasia) The Children of Judaea, who dwelt of old in Babylon, trampled underfoot the flame of the furnace through their faith in the Trinity, as they sang aloud: ‘O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.’


Ode Eight 
First Canon
(Irmos) When the instruments of music sounded, countless multitudes worshipped the image in Dura; but the three Children, refusing to bow down, praised and glorified the Lord for ever. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
As Shepherd, Thou hast gone to seek Thy sheep; rescuing the dead man from the fierce and. destructive wolf, in Thy power Thou hast. brought him from. corruption to new life, and he cried out to Thee: ‘Praise the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever.’ 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
As mortal: man Thou hast asked where Lazarus was buried; as Maker, Thou hast raised him from the dead by Thy royal command. Hell was afraid of him when he cried out to Thee: ‘Praise the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever.’ 
Second Canon
Let us bless the Father the Son the Holy Spirit the Lord.
As a mortal, Thou dost search for Lazarus; as God, Thou dost raise him by Thy word, though he was four days dead. Therefore we sing Thy praises for ever.
Both...
Fulfilling a debt of gratitude for her brother, Mary brought Thee, O Lord, sweet-smelling spices; and she sings Thy praises for ever. As man Thou dost pray to the Father, as God Thou dost raise Lazarus Therefore, O Christ, we sing Thy praises for ever. 
We praise, bless and worship the Lord…
(Katavasia) The King of heaven, glorified by the hosts of angels, let us praise and exalt above all for ever. 
We do not sing the Magnificat and More honorable than the cherubim… 


Ode Nine 
First Canon
(Irmos) With all peoples let us honour 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. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Seeing a four-day corpse walking, the people were struck with wonder at the miracle and cried out to the Deliverer: ‘We magnify Thee in hymns, O God.’
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Thou hast established men’s faith in Thy glorious Resurrection, O my Saviour, before it came to pass, by freeing Lazarus from hell when he was four days dead; and I magnify Thee in hymns. 
Second Canon
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
Honouring Thy Father, O Christ, and showing that Thou art not opposed to Him, after praying Thou hast by Thine own authority raised Lazarus that was four days dead. 
Glory to Thee O God glory to Thee.
O my Christ, Thou hast raised from the tomb Lazarus that was four days dead, and so Thou makest him a truthful witness to Thy Resurrection on the third day. 
Glory...
Thou dost walk and weep and speak, my Saviour, showing the action of Thy human nature; and, revealing Thy divine nature, Thou dost raise Lazarus., 
Both now...
In ways surpassing speech, my Master and Saviour, Thou hast brought about my salvation by. the free will exercised in each of Thy two natures. 
(Katavasia) Saved through thee, pure Virgin, we confess thee to be truly Theotokos, and with the choirs of angels we magnify thee.