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Lazarus Saturday

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[[Image:raisingoflazarus.jpg|right|frame|The Raising of Lazarus]]
'''Lazarus Saturday''' is the day before [[Palm Sunday]] (the feast of [[Christ]]'s triumphal entry into Jerusalem). This Saturday and Sunday are the connection between [[Great Lent]] and [[Holy Week]]. On the eve of the celebration of the Resurrection of [[Lazarus]], the forty days of Great Lent are formally brought to an end at [[Vespers]]. These two days are the unique and paradoxical days before the Lord's [[Passion]].
==Celebration of the feast==
Lazarus Saturday is a [[pascha]]l celebration. The [[liturgy]] of Lazarus Saturday glorifies Christ as the ''Resurrection and the Life'' who, by raising Lazarus, has confirmed the universal resurrection of mankind, even before his own suffering and death. This liturgy is the only time in the [[Church Calendar|Church year]] that the resurrectional service of Sunday is celebrated on another day.
Lazarus Saturday was once among the few great baptismal days in the Orthodox Church Yearecclesiastical year. At the Divine Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday the [[baptism]]al verse from [[Galatians]]: ''As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ'' (Galatians 3:27) replaces the [[Trisagion|Thrice-Holy Hymn]].
==Fulfillment of prophecies==
Because of the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead, a his four -day -long death, Christ was hailed as the long-expected Messiahmessiah, the King of Israel.
In fulfillment of the prophecies of the [[Old Testament]], he entered JenrsalemJerusalem, the City city of the Kingking, riding on the colt of an ass ([[Zech]] 9:9; [[John]] 12:12). Crowds greeted him. They had branches in their hands and called out to him with shouts of praise: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! The Son of David! The King of Israel! Because of this glorification by the people, the priests and scribes were finally driven ''to destroy him, to put him to death'' ([[Luke]] 19:47; John 11:53, 12:10).
:Christ the Joy, the Truth and the Light of all,
:The Life of the World and the Resurrection
:Has appeared in His goodness, to those on earth.
:He has become the Image of our Resurrection,
:Granting divine forgiveness to all!

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