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Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, “See how much he loved him.” In their sight Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead.

Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Another story is that despite being put into a leaking boat by the Jews at Jaffa, he, his sisters and others landed safely in Cyprus. There he died peacefully after serving as bishop for 30 years.

A church was built in his honor in Constantinople and some of his reputed relics were transferred there in 890. A Western legend has the oarless boat arriving in Gaul. There he was bishop of Marseilles, was martyred after making a number of converts and was buried in a cave. His relics were transferred to the new cathedral in Autun in 1146.

It is certain there was early devotion to the saint. Around the year 390, the pilgrim lady Etheria talks of the procession that took place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday at the tomb where Lazarus had been raised from the dead. In the West, Passion Sunday was called Dominica de Lazaro, and Augustine tells us that in Africa the Gospel of the raising of Lazarus was read at the office of Palm Sunday.

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  1. st lazarus and all the angels and saints and also mama mary intercede for my grandson and daughter for miraculous healing of evry illness that they r experiencing to date especially grandson from substance abuse and mental illness. jesus u rose lazarus from the dead u can definiitely heal my family and so i give u thanks and honor and glory as i ask all this in your name for their is power in your name. thanks for answered prayers amen amen and amen.

  2. Lord Jesus, thank You for ur love. As You raised Lazarus, please also raise our faith for Your glory. Our Lady, Mother of the afflicted, thank you for always interceding for us. Amen, Amen and Amen…

  3. st. Lazarus , if jesus can raise you from the dead , maybe with your prayers and intersession he can raise my family from their spiritual death AND BRING THEM BACK to the one holy catholic and apostolic church ?
    Because everything that I have tried has failed .

  4. Dear patron and assistant of the poor and sick.
    With this prayer I request your assistance, and with the aid of the Holy Spirit may the
    Lord always protect me during sickness or in health.
    Saint Lazarus give me the strength to overcome all the temptations on earth.
    In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
    Amen.

  5. I ask Our Father in Heaven to grant me my prayers. He alone knows what is in my heart. I ask of this in the name of Jesus. Amen. Thank you.

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