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« on: April 18, 2003, 11:27:46 AM »

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                  On the Raising of Lazarus
                          (continued)
 
Having heard the words of the children,
 Which came from pure hearts and innocent lips,
 They were all filled with fear
 Saying to one another, "Who is this man?"
 O madness and complete stupidity!
 A short time ago they saw raised from the dead
 A corpse who had become fetid,
 And they do not know who resurrected him,
 And who destroyed with His voice the power of Hades,
 And in accord with His merciful nature checked
 The tears of Mary and Martha!
 
O Thy unspeakable compassion, all merciful Jesus!
 Who didst consent to come for me and to me,
 How didst Thou calmly ride upon the ass
 And advance into the city of God-slayers?
 Foreseeing their terrible lack of faith, Thou didst  command them
 To release the bonds of Lazarus, that they might see
 The One whom in a short time they wish to put to death
 With no pity for
 The tears of Mary and Martha.
 
O Savior, all came with palms on the occasion of Thy  arrival,
 Crying, "Hosanna!" to Thee,
 Now all of us bring hymns to Thee out of piteous  mouths,
 As we wave the branches of our spirit and cry out:
 "O Thou, truly among those on high, save the world
 Which Thou hast created, Lord,
 And blot out our sins, just as formerly Thou hast dried
 The tears of Mary and Martha.
 
O Lover of mankind, the Holy Church holds a high  festival,
 Faithfully calling together her children;
 It meets Thee with palms and spreads out garments of joy
 So that, with Thy disciples and with Thy friend,
 Thou mayest advance and legislate a deep peace for Thy servants,
 And release them from oppression, as formerly Thou hast checked
 The tears of Mary and Martha.
 
 Incline Thy ear, O God of the universe, and hear our prayers,
 And snatch us from the bonds of death,
 For our enemies who always surround us, visibly and invisibly,
 Threaten to have us put to death, and besides,
 To deprive us of our faith.
 Arise, and quickly let all be destroyed and let them know
 That Thou art our God and dost pity us as Thou didst have pity on
 The tears of Mary and Martha.
 
 
Let us, who are dead because of our sins, and who dwell in the tomb
 Because of our knowledge of evil,
 Imitate the sisters of faithful Lazarus as we cry to Christ
 With tears, in faith and in love:
 "Save us, Thou who didst will to become man.
 And resurrect us from the tomb of our sins, Thou, alone immortal,
 Through the prayers of Thy friend, Lazarus,
 Whom Thou didst raise up, O Lord, in checking
 The tears of Mary and Martha."
 
Let us the mere material world, which is always in a state of flux,
 And hasten to meet Christ the Savior in Bethany.
 Let us then dine with Him
 And with his friend Lazarus and the apostles
 So that we may, by their prayers, be delivered from our past sins.
 If we cleanse every stain from our hearts, we shall see perfectly
 His divine resurrection, which He offered to us when He took away
 The tears of Mary and Martha.
 
 St. Romanos the Melodist
 6th century
 
 
 
 
 


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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2003, 02:54:21 PM »

Good post, David, thank you, especially in that we EO's celebrate today as the Saturday in memory of the raising of Lazarus.  

I attended Vespers for Lazarus Saturday yesterday evening in my parish church and was struck by something: there were *NO* Apostikha verses (we went right to the Prayer of St. Symeon), even though there were many Stikhera verses and 2 lengthy OT readings in the Vespers service.  I wondered: did we just not have the Apostikha available?  Does anyone know?  Is this something specific to the Vespers for Lazarus Saturday?

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2003, 04:51:48 PM »

Dear Hypo-Ortho,

The Ware/Mother Mary Lenten Triodion does not have apostikha particular to Lazarus Saturday Vespers (on Friday).  So one would take the apostikha of the day (of the week - Friday in this case).  Perhaps in your community it was done as you observed for the sake of "parochial brevity"?  Or perhaps it was a mistake?  

I wish you a triumphant Palm Sunday,

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2003, 10:55:56 PM »

Tony, thank you for your reply.  I did not have the opportunity to ask either of our 2 choir directors the reason (I'm in the choir), and they're both new at the job, but they really work hard at getting the rubrics correct and consult Father Michael if they have questions.  So, I'll assume it was for the sake of brevity.

This evening when I arrived at church for Vespers for Palm Sunday another service was in progress, and I thought I was late!  But no, it was one of those "late request" Panikhidas, but it went 15 minutes past the scheduled starting time for Vespers.  So, Great Vespers did not begin until 6:20 pm.  Since Vespers included many Stikhera verses, 3 OT readings, Litiya with appointed verses; Blessing of bread, wheat, wine and oil; Apostikha verses, the special Troparia for Palm Sunday, Artoklasia and anointing, Vespers did not finally conclude until 7:30 pm--and Confessions were still to follow, with quite a few penitents waiting for this Mystery.  I wanted to go to Confession, but, foolishly, I had nothing whatsoever to eat all day--except for one single slice of American cheese that I found in the frig just before I left for church--I know, I know: it was dairy!  Flog me with 100 strings of wet spaghetti!  And I didn't go to Confession either because of the late time, but I did get a second anointing by Fr. Michael when I went into the sacristy to get some more of the Artoklasia bread with wine before he went out to hear Confessions!

I'm amazed at the different choices of vestment colors priests choose for Palm Sunday: the previous rector wore red one year ago, Father Michael wore *GREEN* this evening!, and Fr. Andrew at my former parish wore gold!  All bright colors in the spirit of the Feast of the Triumphal Entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem!  S'praznidkom, happy Feast day, Tony!

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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2003, 07:55:31 AM »

Maybe that should be a thread in itself. What color of vestments did your priest(s) wear for Palm Sunday?
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2003, 09:21:28 AM »

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Dear Nicholas,

Our Priest was in Red, of course - as laid down in the Ordo - but then we are Latin of course. Cheesy Cheesy

BTW - it's a good job you have kept that 'token ROCOR guy' tag as otherwise I would not have guessed that the poster was you Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2003, 01:24:21 PM »

slave<<Our Priest was in Red, of course - as laid down in the Ordo - but then we are Latin of course. >>

slave, did you know that in the "old days" (i.e., pre "Novus Ordo" Latin liturgical reforms) that Latin priests wore purple/violet vestments on Palm Sunday and black vestments on Good Friday?  Now they wear red vestments on both days, I believe.

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2003, 02:59:33 PM »

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Oh  !  -- but there of course I am [ despite the grey hairs] a post Vat II convert.

And yes you are correct - red were used on Good Friday and white on Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil. Now for the next few weeks we will be in White until Pentecost [ red]

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2003, 03:34:22 PM »

Our priest wore Gold vestments today.  I've never heard of Green being used before Pentecost, but as I'm pro-Green, it's good to see.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2003, 04:11:14 PM »

Our priest wore mint green vestments. I like. For vigil our other priest wore gold.
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