Looking for Saint Lazarus...Can you help?


Has anyone seen St. Lazarus of Bethany?

I have been looking high and low for a medal, statue, holy card, anything for Saint Lazarus of Bethany and have come up empty handed. There are plenty of items available that say St. Lazarus but do not actually depict the correct person. There are two men by the name of Lazarus in Scripture. One is St. Lazarus of Bethany, brother to Martha and Mary, friend of Jesus, who was raised from the dead by our Lord, and who went on to become a bishop in the Church. The other is Lazarus the leper whom Jesus mentions in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man .  This Lazarus was not a real man...consequently, he's not really a saint. Unfortunately, every medal, statue, holy card maker I've come across has the two mixed up and the character of a parable has become "patron" to many. You've probably seen him depicted in rags with dogs at his feet. The parable is worth our time and reflection since Our Lord wished us to know it...but that still doesn't make that Lazarus a member of the Church Triumphant.

So...I am looking for depictions of Saint Lazarus of Bethany. I did find the icon pictured above (that I really like) but am also hoping to find something specific to Lazarus without his sisters.

Please contact me if you think you've found him!
Posted on November 14, 2010 and filed under "St. Lazarus of Bethany".