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#416845 - 04/02/17 01:57 PM Lazarus Saturday  
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Christ is in our midst!

Today in the Latin Church we heard the Gospel of the raising of Lazarus. Next Saturday in the Byzantine calendar is termed "Lazarus Saturday." The Good Lord showed directly to those present that He is Lord of life and that those who believe in Him will never die. What always sends chills down my spine is that word of command, "Lazarus, come out!" The promise is that we, too, will one day hear that command. Powerful stuff.

Bob

#416846 - 04/03/17 10:51 AM Re: Lazarus Saturday [Re: theophan]  
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Here is a link to an excellent rendition of "Rejoice, O Bethany" accompanied by am exquisite slide show of Iconography:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rju5GyVtfnQ

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#416847 - 04/04/17 07:37 AM Re: Lazarus Saturday [Re: theophan]  
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Just listened to it. It's beautiful. The voices are clear - I can understand every word (which is often not the case with chant written for another language and then set in English).

O Holy Lazarus, pray for us!

#416859 - 04/09/17 11:38 PM Re: Lazarus Saturday [Re: theophan]  
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This has been a tragic Lazarus/Palm Sunday and our hearts are heavy.

I offer this piggyback to a popular secular Christmas song (later spun into a TV movie) that I wrote a couple of years ago in hopes of restoring some joy to this day:

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Laz’rus, the friend of Jesus
Lived in ancient Beth-a-ny
With sisters Mary, Martha
They were a sweet fam-i-ly.

Laz’rus was ill and stricken
And in just two days he died.
O, how his sisters mourned him
And with bitter tears they cried.

Then one foggy Beth’ny day
Jesus came to say
“Laz’rus bound in cloths so tight,
Rise, come out, and see my light!”

Then how his sisters loved Him
And they shouted out with glee
“Jesus, our Resurrection
You’ll go down in history”.


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#416977 - 05/05/17 11:31 AM Re: Lazarus Saturday [Re: theophan]  
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Christ is Risen!

Greetings in the Resurrected Lord! I hope your sorrows may have abated. I love the service of Lazarus Saturday. Sadly, in parish practice, it is often reduced to just the Saturday Liturgy, at which a small number of faithful come to Confession to beat the Palm Sunday "rush". At least, that has been my experience.

The beautiful Canon called for at Complines is thus rarely heard in parishes the Friday evening before. An alternative use might allow for a Presanctifed Liturgy on Friday evening and then Matins with Liturgy Saturday morning.

Alas, even in ROCOR(at least around here), there is often lacking a "staff" of multiple clerics and chanters to make the full cycle of services happen. One happy exception in St. Vladimir's in Dexter(Ann Arbor), MI. Besides two priests and a deacon, they have a group of Subdeacons, Readers, and Chanters. They have a frequent(though not daily) cycle of services. Plus the chanters and choir shift seamlessly from English to Slavonic and the reverse. It is a joy to attend and participate in their services.


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