Lazarus Saturday

الْمَجْدُ للهِ! Praise be to God always!ܬܶܫܒܽܘܚܬܳܐ ܠܰܐܠܳܗܳܐ!

Entrance Hymn

Martha and Mary Sent Forth a Message

Syriac: dahto lo nehteh 2

Martha and Mary sent forth a message
to Christ the Savior, who gives the world life:
“He whom you love, Lord, is sick and dying.
Yet we have great faith; you can do all things."
Martha and Mary spoke with such sadness:
“Lord, you have come late, too late to save him.
If you had been here while he was living,
you would have healed him, kept him from dying."
“Lazarus, rise up!" Jesus cried loudly.
Lazarus rose up, hearing his friend’s voice.
He stood and came forth, his hands and feet bound.
All those who saw this had faith in Jesus.

Opening Prayers

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ our Lord,
with your living voice you called your beloved Lazarus to come out from the tomb and from the darkness of death.
You proved to the world that you are the Resurrection and the Life.
May the light of your glorious resurrection shine upon us,
so that we may glorify and thank you,
your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the Almighty Father, the Lord of life and death; and to the Son, the Firstborn from the dead, who brought Lazarus back from death to life; and to the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life, the Consoler, who gave joy to the hearts of Martha and Mary through their brother Lazarus. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this blessed Saturday, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, in your Gospel you showed us the way of life and salvation. The miracle of the raising of Lazarus was a sign of your resurrection from the dead. We proclaim our faith in you, saying: “You are the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in you, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives in you will never die."
Now, O Lord, we implore you, with the fragrance of this incense, to give joy to sorrowful hearts, to wipe away the tears of those who weep, and to grant life to the dead. Prepare us to stand at your right hand with the saints in the new life, that we may glorify and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

Christ and His Apostles Came to Bethany

Syriac: lmaryam yoldat aloho

Christ and his apostles came to Bethany.
There they found that Lazarus was in the tomb.
“I am he, the Resurrection and the Life,"
Jesus said, while calling him to life again.
Our Lord took the Twelve with him to Bethany.
At the tomb of Lazarus he called to him:
“Lazarus, rise from the dead to life again."
At his words, the dead man rose without delay.
Son of God, your mighty voice raised Lazarus,
who had been within the tomb for many days.
At your voice, the dead will wake and rise to life.
They will sing their hymns of praise to you, O Lord.


O Living One, when you raised Lazarus your light shined in the realm of the dead. Accept our incense and give us life through the Mystery of your Body and Blood, a pledge of the glorious resurrection, that we may praise and glorify you, forever. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܶܠܬܳܢܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ. ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܠܰܝܢ.
Qadishat Aloho. Qadishat Hayeltono. Qadishat lo moyuto. EtraHam 3alayn.
You are holy, O God. You are holy, O Strong One. You are holy, O Imortal One. Have mercy on us.
قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا الله، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا قَوِي، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا مَنْ لا يَموتْ، إِرْحَمْنا

Holy and immortal Lord, sanctify our minds and purify our consciences, that we may praise you with purity and listen to your Holy Scriptures. To you be glory forever. Amen.

Psalm of the Readings

Syriac: ramremain

Raise your voices, be joyful,
O Jerusalem, give praise,
for your King humbly enters.
Listen and accept the Truth.
Zion, sing hymns of glory.
O Jerusalem, give praise,
for your gates have been strengthened.
Listen and accept the Truth.
Lord our God, you accepted
what the just had offered you;
now accept, in your mercy,
our pure sacrifice and prayers.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the . Your blessing, Father.

Glory to the Lord of Paul and the apostles! May the mercy of God descend upon the reader and the listeners and upon this parish and her children forever. Amen.

Brothers and Sisters:
As for us, brothers and sisters, when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you—in person, not in heart—we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, wanted to again and again—but Satan blocked our way. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? Yes, you are our glory and joy! Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we decided to be left alone in Athens; and we sent Timothy, our brother and co-worker for God in proclaiming the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions. Indeed, you yourselves know that this is what we are destined for. In fact, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we were to suffer persecution; so it turned out, as you know. For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith; I was afraid that somehow the tempter had tempted you and that our labor had been in vain.
(1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live."
(John 11:25)

Before the proclamation of the Gospel of our Savior, announcing life for our souls, we offer this incense and ask for your mercy, O Lord.

Peace be with you.

And with your spirit.

From the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint , who proclaimed life to the world.
Let us listen to the proclalation of life and salvation for our souls.

Remain silent, O listeners, for the Holy Gospel is about to be proclaimed to you.
Listen and give glory and thanks to the Word of the living God.

The Apostle wrote:
Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?" Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should let them know, so that they might arrest him. Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.
(John 11:55-12:11)

This is the truth! Peace be with you!

Praise and blessings to Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, for giving us his words of life.