Today, for most Eastern Orthodox Churches, is Lazarus Saturday. On this day we remember and celebrate how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. This is a beautiful foreshadowing of the glorious Resurrection that we'll celebrate next week.
Traditionally, children are often baptized on Lazarus Saturday. Honeybear’s godson was baptized on Lazarus Saturday so each year I think back and remember that day.
This year though, I really listened. I mean as in over and over again and printed out the sheet music. Rejoice, O Bethany. Lazarus was dead. Four days in the tomb dead. Jesus told Martha stop lamenting because her brother would live again. Then Jesus goes to the tomb and cries out Lazarus arise! And he did. I don’t think I’ve really truly grasped the depth of that miracle, nor do I truly understand all of the implications for humanity.
This is a beautiful hymn for Lazarus Saturday. It is so beautiful that I had to write a blog post about it!
This part really got to me during the service Friday night:
“We, who are dead in sin, in Thee, O Jesus are made a live! We are made alive!”
I also love this bit:
“On this day God came to thee and in Him the dead are made a live as is right for He is the Life!” Listen and Enjoy!