"'Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?' So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, 'Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you have heard me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that you did send me.' When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lazaros, come out.' The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth."
On the Saturday before Holy Week, the Orthodox Church commemorates a major feast of the year, the miracle of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when he raised Lazarus from the dead after he had lain in the grave four days. Here, at the end of Great Lent and the forty days of fasting and penitence, the Church combines this celebration with that of Palm Sunday. In triumph and joy the Church bears witness to the power of Christ over death and exalts Him as King before entering the most solemn week of the year, one that leads the faithful in remembrance of His suffering and death and concludes with the great and glorious Feast of Pascha.
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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!
(Apolytikion of the Saturday of Lazarus)
Journey to Pascha
We begin our journey by exploring the history of our modern Paschal traditions in the Orthodox Christian faith. The entire Paschal season, through Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha, is rich with meaning and symbolism as we relive the events leading up to Christ’s passion.
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