Archimandrite Lazarus Moore - a small biography
Fr. Lazarus Moore was born in England on Oct 18, 1902. At the age of 18 he
was sent to British Columbia, Canada to work on a senator's farm earning 50
cents a day. After a few years, now working as a harvester in Alberta, Fr.
Lazarus sensed a call from God to become a missionary. He then spent five
years in an English missionary college.
Fr. Lazarus spent seven weeks in 1934 on Mt. Athos and then went to serve as
a monk in Yugoslavia. He was ordained a deacon and later a priest by
Archbishop Feofan and then sent to Palestine as a member of the Russian
Mission in Jerusalem.
When the Israeli-Arab war broke out in 1948, the Israeli Army took the
Russian Mission as their headquarters. After the war the Israeli's gave the
Mission to the Soviet Union and their Church lost everything. Following
this, Fr Lazarus was made priest in charge of the Russian Convent in Ain
Karim and Transjordan. He was sent to India in 1952 to help in Orthodox
missionary work where he spent 20 years.
In 1972 Fr. Lazarus was called back to Greece. Two years later, in 1974, he
was sent to Sydney, Australia where he served for 9 years. At the request of
Archpriest Peter Gillquist, in 1983, Fr. Lazarus moved to California 'to
assist the Evangelical Orthodox Church in their journey to Orthodoxy.' For
six years he lived in Isla Vista California, working with the 'Evangelical
To further God's work in helping the 'Evangelical Orthodox' become
canonical, and because of failing health, Fr. Lazarus moved to Alaska in
1989. There he lived with Dn. Harley and Dianne Cranor (now Fr. Mark and
Matushka Dominica) who had offered to care for him in his later years. Fr.
Lazarus loved his newest home, walking Monastery Drive daily, and spending
time with the parishioners, especially the children. Our dear friend and Fr.
remained in Alaska until his death in 1992.
Fr. Lazarus was said to be the first English Orthodox monk of the modern
era. He read the Scriptures constantly, wrote and published many books and
papers, translating most of the Orthodox service books we have today into
English, including The Arena, The Ladder, the Septuagint Psalter, The Four
Holy Gospels, and Psalms. In his last days he and his team of helpers nearby
and overseas finished correcting and drafting this final translation of the
Orthodox Gospels into English, as the "Holy Love Letters" were his very
Father was bright and joyful, quick to laugh, clever with words, and brought
the warmth of God to all who met him. He loved to "Get about" and would go
to the zoo, a resturant or wherever you offered to take him. He went with
his spiritual daughter (now Sister Mary) on vacation to meet her family. How
suprised they were to recieve a monk into their home. He delighted in
everything God sent his way, and would often say,
"To do God's will is simple, just fall off the log. God is already there to
To cheer up a friend who was to cook for him very early in the morning, he
took all the cereal boxes and stacked them up end on end until they were
piled high on the breakfast table. "Now, I have a balanced diet.", he
Father always signed his name with TWA, "Traveling With Angels". A few days
before his death, after battling cancer many years, faithfully using the
Jesus Prayer as the medicine for his affliction, the Archangel Michael
appeared to help him. His final journey homeward had begun, TWA... 'the time
of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith.' (2 Timothy 4: 6-8).