From Lazarus Saturday Matins – Σάββατο του Λαζάρου
Lauds, Resurrection and the Life..Modes 1,4, Plagal.4.
Chanted By “George Bilalis, Konstantinos Bilalis”
Στιχηρά αίνων, Ανάστασις καί Ζωή..’ηχοι α΄,δ΄,πλ.δ΄
Ψάλλουν “Γ.Π.ΜΠΙΛΑΛΗΣ, Κ.Π. ΜΠΙΛΑΛΗΣ”
Text in English:
Verse:To fulfill among them the written judgment: this glory have all His holy ones.
O Christ, as You are the resurrection and the life of mankind, Youcame to the tomb of Lazarus, and demonstrated for us both of Your essences,
O longsuffering One; for from the pure Virgin You have come indeed as both God and man. As a mortal You inquired where he was buried, and as God with Your life‐bearing summons
You resurrected him who had been four days dead.
Verse:Praise God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power.
You resurrected Lazarus from Hades after he was dead for four days, O Christ, thus before Your own death confounding the dominion of death, and by means of one whom You loved fore tokening the liberation of all mankind from corruption. Therefore adoring Your omnipotent authority we cry cry out:Blessed are You,O Saviour Have mercy on us.
Verse:Praise Him for His mighty acts, praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness.
Martha and Mary unto the Savior said: If You had been here, O Lord, then Lazarus would not have died.
Then Christ, the Resurrection of those who in death have slumbered, resurrected from the dead the man already four days dead. Therefore, O believers all, come let us adore Him who is coming in glory to save our souls.
Verse: Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre.
To Your disciples, O Christ, You granted the tokens of Your Divinity; but You humbled yourself among the crowds, Your intention being to conceal it from them. Therefore as the Foreknower of all things and as God, You predicted to Your Apostles the death of Lazarus. In the presence of the people in Bethany, as though You did not know, as man, You sought to learn the place of Your friend’s burial. But when he, who had been four days dead, was resurrected by You, he made Your divine power manifest. O Almighty One,Glory to You,O Lord.
Verse: Praise Him with timbrel and dance, praise Him with strings and flute.
You raised Your friend who was four days dead, O Christ, and brought an end to the lament of Martha and Mary, and thus You demonstrated to all that You are the one who fills all things by Your divine dominion, by Your own free will. The Cherubim cry out to You unceasingly: Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are You who are God above all. Glory to You.
Verse: Praise Him with resounding cymbals, praise Him with triumphant cymbals. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Martha cried aloud to Mary: “Come, for the Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And she went quickly to the place where her Lord was. And when she saw You, she cried; she knelt; she worshipped. As she covered Your immaculate feet with kisses, she said, “Lord, if You had been here, our brother would not have died.”
Verse: Arise, O Lord God, let Your hand be lifted high; and do not forget Your poor.
Four days after he had died You raised up Lazarus in Bethany. As soon as You came to the tomb, Your voice became life to the dead man; and Hades, groaning in fear, released him.
Great was the miracle! Very merciful Lord, glory to You.
Verse: I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your wondrous things.
O Lord, even as You said to Martha: I am the Resurrection; so You fulfilled Your word in action by calling back Lazarus from Hades. Resurrect me, also, for I am dead through passions. I beseech You, compassionate One who love mankind.