detail of the painting 'The Raising of Lazarus'; by Léon Bonnat, 1857; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsDerivation

  • Hebrew: God hath helped


  • The beggar in the parable Lazarus and the Rich Man set forth by Christ (Luke 16).
  • The brother of Martha and Mary of Bethany, and a beloved friend of Jesus (John 11). He was raised from the dead by Our Divine Lord. Many of the Jews believed in Jesus because of Lazarus. According to a tradition in the Western Church, Lazarus became the first Bishop of Marseilles and died a martyr.