Church of St Lazarus in Larnaca Cyprus
This church in Larnaca (Kittim), Cyprus was built over the
tomb of Lazarus,in the Ninth century by Emperor Leo VI
of Byzantium. According to Tradition, Lazarus had to flee
Bethany and went to Cyprus where he was consecrated
Bishop of Kittim by the Apostles. He died there and wasburied when he was around sixty years old. Some of his
relics are still preserved in this church. The fragments of
the relics that were taken to Constantinople, were latertaken to Marseilles, France after the sacking of
Constantinople in 1204. Those relics were lost.
Lazarus's sarcophagus in the crypt of the Church
of St Lazarus This sarcophagus bears the inscription in Greek,
Lazarus four days dead and the friend of Christ
Below the relics still kept in Larnaca.
The place of the tomb in Bethany, near Jerusalem is
also preserved and it is a very popular and holy place
Lazarus tomb in Bethany, near Jerusalem Source
It was here where the Lord Jesus Christ, "cried out
with a loud voice,“Lazarus, come forth.” The man who
had died came forth, bound hand and foot with
wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with
a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let
him go." John 11:43-44 NASB
The actual tomb in Bethany Source
Troparion to the Raising of Lazarus - Tone 1 SourceBy raising Lazarus from the dead before Your passion,
You did confirm the universal Resurrection, O Christ God!
Like the children with the palms of victory,
We cry out to You, O Vanquisher of death;
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!
Kontakion to the Raising of Lazarus - Tone 2Christ the Joy, the Truth and the Light of all,
The Life of the World and the Resurrection
Has appeared in His goodness, to those on earth.
He has become the Image of our Resurrection,
Granting divine forgiveness to all!