THE SATURDAY BEFORE PALM SUNDAY
SATURDAY OF THE HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS LAZAROUS
Vespers, Tone 8
Rejoice and be glad, O city of Zion; exalt and be exceeding joyful, O Church of God. For behold, thy King has come in righteousness, seated on a foal, and the children sing His praises: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed art Thou who showest great compassion: have mercy upon us.
The Saviour has come today to the city of Jerusalem, to fulfill the Scriptures; and all have taken palms into their hands and spread their garments before Him, knowing that He is our God, to whom the cherubim sing without ceasing: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed art Thou who showest great compassion: have mercy upon us.
O Thou who ridest on the cherubim and art praised by the seraphim, Thou hast sat, O gracious Lord, like David on a foal, and the children honoured Thee with praise fitting for God; but the Jews blasphemed unlawfully against Thee. Thy riding on a foal prefigured how the gentiles, as yet untamed and uninstructed were to pass from unbelief to faith. Glory be to Thee, O Christ, who alone art merciful and lovest mankind.
Today the grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together, and we all take up Thy Cross and say: Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.