Day by day we are getting closer to Palm Sunday, the Holy Week, and the Glorious Resurrection. It feels to me that this Lent season went by too fast. In preparation to the coming Holy week, I leave you with this lovely chant about the resurrection of Lazarus.
A PROCESSIONAL HYMN FOR PALM SUNDAY composed by the Thrice-Blessed Athanasius (Atallah), Metropolitan of Homs. This is the SEM Lebanon version by Joseph Yezbek.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Bethany!
On this day God came to thee,
And in Him the dead are made alive,
As it is right for He is the Life.
When Martha went to receive Him,
Grieving loudly with bitter tears,
She poured out the sorrow of her heart to Him
With great sadness, wailing her lament.
She at once cried out unto Him:
“My most compassionate Lord, my Lord,
At the great loss of my brother Lazarus
My heart is broken, help me.”
Jesus said to her, “Cease your weeping,
Cease your grieving and sad lament;
For your brother, My most beloved friend, Lazarus,
Very soon will live again.”
Then He, the faithful Redeemer,
Made His way unto the tomb,
Where he cried unto him who was buried four days,
Calling him forth, saying “Lazarus, arise.”
Come with haste, ye two sisters,
And behold a wondrous thing,
For your brother from the tomb has returned to life.
To the beloved Redeemer now give thanks.
To Thee, O Lord of creation,
We kneel down in reverence profound,
For all we who are dead in sin,
In Thee, O Jesus, are made alive.
— Jack Rabah