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The Eastern Orthodox church works to a slightly different calendar than the Western Christian churches. For the Orthodox, today is celebrated as Lazarus Saturday. It is held up as important because it was at the raising of the four-days-deceased body of Lazarus that Jesus was finally and fully declared as being 'the Messiah', and it precedes the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem on the back of a young ass. (Palm Sunday.)

Importantly, in St John ch 11, we read that Jesus foretells his own demise - though the disciples are slow to pick up on it. When Mary Magdalene sends a message of distress at the sickness of her brother Lazarus; ...Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” The disciples do not want their master to head back into the area of Judea, where he had already been persecuted. Jesus is determined and Thomas Didymus (he who later travelled to India) entreats his fellow travellers to obey the master.

On arriving in Bethany, they are greeted by Mary who bemoans the loss of her brother, due to the delay of the master in coming. However, Jesus tells her that her brother will live again and when she misunderstands 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” He goes to the home of the family and calls upon Lazarus to rise and come out. He does this knowing that there are visitors from Jerusalem present, and that word will get back to the authorities. Which of course it does, and the Sanhedrin pharisees are very concerned that this is the prophesied Messiah come among them. As Jesus arrives into the city on the ass and to great hosannas of the people, the priests plot His downfall...

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