Excerpt from the Homily on the Raising of Lazarus by St. Amphilochius of Iconium (amateur translation)
Bring the Evangelist John once again
into our midst,
For it is good to relate of the
beginning of the Resurrection.
For you heard when he perfectly said:
“Six days before the Passover, Jesus
came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom He raised from the dead.”
Do you see that the beginning of the
Resurrection is depicted before-hand with Lazarus, whom the whole
multitudes of the faithful knew?
The multitudes knew him, and the chief
priests reviled the wondrous work, transforming it into guile. Truly,
they reviled the resurrection of Lazarus, because after his
resurrection, as you have heard, they took counsel together to put
him to death.
Do you see this utter guile?
He whom the Lord raised, him they
thought to put to death, not understanding that even if they would
put him to death, again the Lord could have resurrected His friend.
They took counsel together to put
Lazarus to death.
Nothing had astonished the Judeans like
the resurrection of Lazarus. This wonder alone they were unable to
They slandered the sight of the man
born blind, saying that it wasn't him, but it was someone like him.
They slandered the raising of the
daughter of Jairus, saying that she was passed out, not totally dead.
They slandered the resurrection of the
son of the widow [of Nain] saying that he appeared to be dead, not
that He had taken him from the tyranny of death.
They slandered the withered fig tree,
saying that it was picked clean, and not that the word of the Master
had withered it.
They slandered the transformation of
the water into wine, saying that those at the dinner were drunk, and
did not see that they were joking.
Only the resurrection of Lazarus were
they unable to slander.
They knew who Lazarus the man was. They
followed in his funeral, they saw his tomb sealed, they and they
talked about him at supper with Martha and Mary, the sisters of
They knew that he laid in the tomb for
exactly four days, and that a person four-days-dead always began to
have his flesh decompose, his bones rot, his nervous system dissolve,
his internal organs separate, and his belly to become bloated.
This they kept in mind when they saw
that Lazarus had been resurrected, and was complete, perfect as if
from a lathe, standing in his former biological state, and they were
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth...And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1: 14, 16-17
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages! Amen!
"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honouring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshipping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honouring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration.
This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world." Excerpt from the Synodikon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (http://www.anastasis.org.uk/synodikon.htm)
By the Grace of God, here are presented a few true stories of the Saints, sayings of the Holy Fathers, sacred icons, and many other things so that, maybe in a small way, we may remind ourselves that (though we might not be ready to accept it) Jesus Christ is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, and that the Holy Orthodox Church is full of Christ's GRACE and TRUTH, and is no less than the Kingdom of God on earth.
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