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About Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
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Ethiopia, the land of Judeo-Christianity, is one of the most ancient predominantly Christian countries of the world. It is marked with a fascinating history, unique civilization, culture and religious life. The Book of Genesis recounts: “And the name of the second river is Ghion: the same is it that compasses the whole land of Ethiopia” (Geneses 2:13). The Psalmist David also says: “Let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out her hands to God” (Psalms 68:31).

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Annual feast of St. Gabriel the Archangel
Dec
28
12:01 AM00:01

Annual feast of St. Gabriel the Archangel

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The Holy Prophet Daniel is the fourth of the major prophets.

In the years following 600 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians, the Temple built by Solomon was destroyed, and many of the Israelite people were led away into the Babylonian Captivity. Among the captives were also the illustrious youths Daniel, Ananias, Azarias and Misael.

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon ordered that they be instructed in the Chaldean language and wisdom, and dressed them in finery. Handsome children of princely lineage were often chosen to serve as pages in the palace. For three years, they would be fed from food from the king’s table. After this they would be allowed to stand before his throne. Daniel was renamed Baltasar, Ananias was called Shadrach, Misael was called Mishach, and Azarias was known as Abednego. But they, cleaving to their faith, disdained the extravagance of court, refusing to defile themselves by eating from the king’s table and drinking his wine. Instead, they lived on vegetables and water.

The Lord granted them wisdom, and to Saint Daniel the gift of insight and the interpretation of dreams. The holy Prophet Daniel preserved his faith in the one God and trusted in His almighty help. He surpassed all the Chaldean astrologers and sorcerers in his wisdom, and was made a confidant to King Nebuchadnezzar.

Once, Nebuchadnezzar had a strange dream which terrified him (Daniel 2:1-6). He summoned magicians, sorcerers, and Chaldeans before him to interpret the dream. When they asked him what he had dreamt, the king refused to tell them. He said, “If you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins.” The Babylonian wise men protested that no magician or sorcerer could be expected to do this. Only the gods could reveal the dream and its meaning, they told him.

The king ordered all the wise men of Babylon to be executed. When they sought Daniel and his companions to put them to death, Daniel asked that the king’s sentence not be carried out. He said that he could tell the king what he dreamt, for it had been revealed to him in a vision. Daniel was brought before the king and was able to reveal not only the content of the dream, but also its prophetic significance. After this, the king elevated Daniel to be ruler of the whole province of Babylon, and the chief of all the wise men.

During these times King Nebuchadnezzar ordered a huge statue to be made in his likeness. It was decreed that when people heard the sound of trumpets and other instruments, they should fall down and worship the golden idol. Because they refused to do this, the three holy youths Ananias, Azarias and Misael were cast into a fiery furnace. The flames shot out over the furnace forty-nine cubits, felling the Chaldeans standing about, but the holy youths walked in the midst of the flames, offering prayer and psalmody to the Lord (Daniel 3:26-90).

The Angel of the Lord appeared in the furnace and cooled the flames, and the young men remained unharmed. This “Angel of Great Counsel,” as he is called in iconography, is identified with the Son of God (Daniel 3:25, Isaiah 9:6). In the first Canon for the Nativity of the Lord (Ode 5), the Church sings: “Thou hast sent us Thine Angel of Great Counsel.” The emperor, upon seeing this, commanded them to come out, and was converted to the true God.

Under King Baltasar, Saint Daniel interpreted a mysterious inscription (“Mane, Thekel, Phares”), which had appeared on the wall of the palace during a banquet (Daniel 5:1-31), foretelling the downfall of the Babylonian kingdom. Under the Persian emperor Darius, Saint Daniel was slandered by his enemies, and was thrown into a den with hungry lions, but they did not touch him, and he was not harmed. The emperor Darius then rejoiced over Daniel and ordered people throughout his realm to worship the God of Daniel, “since He is the living and eternal God, and His Kingdom shall not be destroyed, and His dominion is forever” (Daniel 6:26).

The holy Prophet Daniel grieved deeply for his people, who then were undergoing righteous chastisement for a multitude of sins and offenses, for transgressing the laws of God, resulting in the grievous Babylonian Captivity and the destruction of Jerusalem: “My God, incline Thine ear and hearken; open Thine eyes and look upon our desolation and that of Thy city, in which Thy Name is spoken; for we do not make our supplication before Thee because of our own righteousness, but because of Thy great mercy” (Dan 9:18). Because of Daniel’s righteous life and his prayers for the people’s iniquity, the destiny of the nation of Israel and the fate of all the world was revealed to the holy prophet.

While interpreting the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, the holy, glorious Prophet Daniel spoke of a great and final kingdom, the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dan 2:44). The prophetic vision about the seventy weeks (Dan 9:24-27) speaks about the signs of the First and the Second Comings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and is connected with those events (Daniel 12:1-12).

Saint Daniel interceded for his people before King Cyrus, who esteemed him highly, and who decreed freedom for the Israelite people. Daniel himself and his fellows Ananias, Azarias and Misael, all survived into old age, but died in captivity. According to the testimony of Saint Cyril of Alexandria (June 9), Saints Ananias, Azarias and Misael were beheaded on orders of the Persian emperor Chambyses.

May the Archangel's intercession and blessings be with us all and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.

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Dec
12
12:00 AM00:00

Annual feast of The Entrance of Saint Mary into the Temple at Jerusalem

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The Entrance of Saint Mary into the Temple at Jerusalem

On this day we commemorate the entrance of our holy Lady, the Virgin, Saint Mary, the Theotokos, into the Temple when she was three years old, for she was dedicated to God. Her mother, Anna (Hannah), was childless. The women who were in the Temple stayed away from her. She was exceedingly sad and so was her husband Joachim who was a blessed old man. She prayed to God fervently and with a contrite heart saying, "If You give me a fruit, I will devote the child to Your Holy Temple." God answered her prayers and she brought forth this pure saint and called her Mary.

She reared her for three years, after which she took her to live with the virgins in the Temple. Saint Mary dwelt in the sanctuary for 12 years. She received her food from the hands of the angels, until the time when our Lord Christ came into the world, and was incarnated through her, the elect of all women.

When she had completed 12 years in the sanctuary, the priests took counsel together concerning her, so that they might entrust her to someone who would protect her, for she was consecrated to God and they were not allowed to keep her in the temple after this age. They decided that she be engaged to a man who could take care of her and who would look after her.

They gathered 12 righteous men from the house of David of the Tribe of Juda so they might place her with one of them. They took their staffs inside the Sanctuary, and a dove flew up and stood on the staff belonging to Joseph the carpenter who was a righteous man. They knew that this was God's will.

Joseph took the holy Virgin St. Mary, and she dwelt with him until Gabriel, the Angel of the Lord, came to her and announced to her that the Son of God was to be incarnated from her, for the salvation of Adam and his posterity.

Her intercession be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.

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Nov
30
to Dec 3

Annual feast of St. Mary of Zion

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This is a feast colorfully celebrated every year on Hidar 21 (November 30) at every church dedicated to St. Mary. The day is observed with special fervor particularly in Axum Tsion where the ArK of the Covenant is housed safely.  The occasion is attended by massive Christian pilgrimages from all over Ethiopia and also foreign visitors making it one of the most joyous annual pilgrimages in Axum, the sacred city of Ethiopians.

The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion claims to contain the original Ark of the Covenant.The Feast of the Ark of the Covenant (locally known as Tabote Tsion) is held in commemoration of different historical events including the coming of the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia and the construction of the first church dedicated to St. Mary in Axum.

The day also marks the destruction of Dagon by the power of the ark of God, as recorded in the Bible, and the return of the ArK to Israel after seven months of exile at the Dagon’s house in Philistine. (1 Samuel 4; 6)      

The Origin of the Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant described as the original container for the Ten Commandments and the central symbol of God’s presence with the people of Israel. Its names convey the holy sense of God’s presence. The Hebrew word for ark means simply “box, chest, coffin,” as is indicated by its use for the coffin of Joseph (Genesis 50:26) and for the Temple collection box of King Joash (2 Kings 12:9-10).

The word “covenant” in the name defines the ark from its original purpose as a container for the stone tablets upon which the Ten Commandments (sometimes called the “testimony”) were inscribed. Sometimes it is identified with many names but most ornately known by “the Ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts Who is enthroned on the cherubim” (1 Samuel 4:4).

The origin of the Ark goes back to Moses at Sinai. It was planned during Moses’ first sojourn on Sinai and built after all the tabernacle specifications had been communicated and completed. (Holman Bible Dictionary 1991),

After the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, God gave them the tablet of the Ten Commandments (Tabote Tsion) through Mosses in the mount of Sanai so they use it as a sacred instrument to worship God. The Ark was carried by the Israelites during their 40 years of journey to the land of hope. Whenever they camped, the Ark was placed in a special and sacred tent called the Tabernacle.

The Captivity of the Ark of God and the Death of Eli  

In the course of time, during the reign of Elli, unusual events took place among Palestinians and Israelites. The story recounted in the 1st Book of Samuel goes as follows. The old priest Eli had two children (Hophni and Phinehas) who were behaving wickedly, taking for themselves all the prime cuts of meat from sacrifices and committing adultery with women who served at the sanctuary`s entrance.

Eli was aware of their behavior but he rebuked them too lightly and was unable to make them give up their bad deeds. He used to tell them, “my children what I heard of you is wrong; if a man does wrong to a man to God is prayed for, but how could you do wrong to God?”  but he refrained from punishing them because they were his sons.  

Eli’s sons kept on doing sinful acts, and so, Samuel the Prophets was sent to Eli to tell him that he and his family will be punished for their wrongdoing:  “God has sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering forever …In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house. When I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.” (1 Samuel 3:12-14)

As a result, the Philistines attacked Israel.  “And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israelites; and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines, and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men eventually capturing the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites and killing Eli’s sons, who accompanied the Ark to the battle as priests. (1 Samuel 4:2)

Israelites were always victorious in their battles whenever they had Tabote Tsion amidst them. But because God’s wrath was on them due to the sins of Eli’s sons, they lost the battle and many thousands died in the war filled. Tabote Tsion was captured in the battle and both of Eli’s sons were killed.  

Eli, who was nearly blind, was unaware of the event until he asked about all the commotion. Sitting in a chair, he was told what had happened by a soldier who had fled the battle.  The soldier said to Eli "I am one who has barely escaped from the war to tell you that the ark has been captured by our enemies and both of your sons died on the war" 

Upon hearing the shocking news, Eli fell backwards out of his chair and died from a broken neck. He was a Judge of Israel for a total of 40 years, and died at the age of 98. His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the Ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and husband were dead. She went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by labor pains. As she was dying, the women attending to her said "Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son."  But she did not respond or pay any attention. She named the boy Ichabod, to mean The Glory has departed from Israel – because of the capture of the Ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.

After their victory at Ebenezer, the Philistines took Tabote Tsion to their country but misfortune fell on them. When in Ashdom, it was placed in the temple of Dagon under the idol. The next morning Dagon was found prostrate, bowing down before Tabote Tsion. They again restored the idol to its original place but yet again on the following morning Dagon was found broken into pieces.

The Philistines were also plagued by diseases and an outbreak of mice. They then sent Tabote Tsion to the land of Ashdon. But the same tragedy occurred among the people of Gath and Ekron to whom Tabote Tsion was moved. After the Ark had been among them for seven months, the Philistines, on the advice of their diviners, returned it to the Israelites, accompanying its return with an offering consisting of golden images of the tumors and mice with which they had been afflicted. The Ark was then set in the field of Joshua (1 Sam. 6:1-15).

Based on these miraculous events, the Ethiopian Church celebrates the feast of the Ark of the Covenant locally known as Tabote Tsion.

May the intercession and blessings of Saint Mary be up on us all! 

Source: 

Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. 

"Sacred Sites of Ethiopia and the Arc of the Covenant". Sacredsites.com. Retrieved 2016-11-27.

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Nov
21
11:30 AM11:30

Annual feast of St. Michael the Archangel

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The Commemoration of the Honored Archangel Michael

On this day the church celebrates the feast of the honored Archangel, Michael, the head of the hosts of heaven, who stands at all times before the great throne of God, interceding on behalf of the human race.

Joshua, the son of Nun, saw him in great glory and was frightened by him and fell on his face to the earth and said to him, "Are you for us, or for our adversaries?" So he said, "No; but as Commander of the army of the Lord... I have given Jericho into your hand, ... and its king." (Joshua 5:13-15, 6:2)

The Archangel Michael was with all the saints and martyrs. He strengthened them and enabled them to endure patiently until they finished their strife. Festivals of commemoration are held and alms offered in his name on the twelfth day of each Coptic month.

An example of one of his wonders: A God-fearing man whose name was Dorotheus and his wife Theopista, held a festival of commemoration for the honored angel Michael on the twelfth day of each month. It happened that this righteous family fell on hard times and had nothing to celebrate with for the commemoration of the honored Michael. They took their clothes to sell so that they might have a feast. Michael the Archangel appeared to Dorotheus and commanded him not to sell his clothes, but to go to a sheep-master and to take from him a sheep worth one-third of a dinar.

He was also to go to a fisherman and to take from him a fish worth one-third of a dinar but Dorotheus was not to slit open the fish until he came back to him. Finally, he was to go to a flour merchant and to take from him as much flour as he needed.

Dorotheus did as the Angel commanded him. He invited the people, as was his custom, to the feast honoring the Archangel Michael. When he went into his storeroom looking for wine for the offering, he found that all the containers had been filled with wine and many other good things. He marvelled and was astonished.

After they had finished the celebration and all the people had departed, the Archangel appeared to Dorotheus as before and commanded him to cut open the belly of the fish. He found 300 dinars of gold and three coins each is a third of a dinar. He told him these three coins were for the sheep, the fish and the flour, and the 300 dinars were for him and his children. God had remembered them and their oblations and had rewarded them here, in this world and in the kingdom of heaven on the last day. As Dorotheus and his wife were astonished at this matter, the Archangel Michael said to them, "I am Michael the Archangel who delivered you from all your tribulations and I have taken your oblations and alms up to God, you shall lack no good thing whatsoever in this world." They prostrated themselves before him and he disappeared and went up into heaven. This was one of the innumerable miracles of this honored Angel.

Salutation to thee, O merciful angel Michael whom I have feared from my youth up; hide me under thy prayers at dawn and at eve.

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The Feast of Transfiguration
Aug
19
6:00 AM06:00

The Feast of Transfiguration

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On this day, the church celebrates the commemoration of the transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Mount Tabor. The disciples, Peter, James and John, were with Him, and about whom the Lord said, " .... there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom." (Mt. 16:28) He fulfilled His promise, for six days later, He took His three disciples, up on a high mountain, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking to the Lord.

The Lord wants to teach us that He is the Lord of Moses whom He can raise from the dead, and that He is the God of Elijah whom He can bring back from heaven. St. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here, if you wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." This indicated the weakness of Peter for he thought that the Lord needed something to cover Him from the sun. It also indicated his good character, for he did not think of himself or the other disciples. We should not marvel at the lack of knowledge of the disciples, for they were not yet perfected. While Peter was still speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them, so that Peter would know that Jesus was not in need of tabernacles made by hands. Suddenly a voice came out of the cloud saying, "This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." (Mt. 17:1-8) When the disciples heard the voice, they fell on their faces and were exceedingly afraid. Jesus came and touched them with His blessed hand, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but the Lord Jesus alone.

To Him is the Glory forever. Amen.

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The Fast of the Assumption of the Virgin Saint Mary (Dormition of the Theotokos)
Aug
7
to Aug 21

The Fast of the Assumption of the Virgin Saint Mary (Dormition of the Theotokos)

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On August 7th, the church celebrates the beginning of St. Mary’s Fast. The fast is 15 days long and precedes the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Theotokos St. Mary on August 22nd. St. Mary carried a name that has long been remembered as the Joy of Generations. It is through her enduring example of obedient faith, strong will, and spiritual purity that we come to understand why she is rejoiced of Angels. Here is a brief glimpse on St. Mary’s heavenly nature.

The very first promise concerning the Redeemer, after falling of Adam and Eve, contained a prophecy about a special Woman. God said to the devil: “I shall put enmity between thee and the Woman, and between thy seed and Her Seed” (Genesis 3:15).

The prophet Isaiah added important details to this first prophecy of Genesis. He said that the Woman, Who will give birth to the Messiah-Emmanuel, will be a virgin. “God Himself shall give you a sign,” explained the prophet Isaiah to the disbelieving descendants of King David, — “the Virgin shall accept into her womb and bear a Son, and shall name Him Emmanuel, which means: God is with us” (Isaiah 7:14).

ነሐሴ ፯ (13 August) – Annunciation of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Joachim

On this day, God sent angel Gabriel to announce to Joachim the birth of the Virgin Mary, the mother of the incarnated God. Joachim and his wife Anna (Hannah) had no children. Joachim was a direct descendant of King David but lived a very modest and simple life. Gabriel announced to him that his wife Anna would conceive and bear a child, that would delight his eyes and please his heart, and all the world would rejoice and be glad.

ግንቦት ፩ (9 May) – The birth of St. Mary

On this day the church celebrates the birth of the pure Virgin St. Mary, the Mother of God (Theotokos), through whom Salvation came to mankind. She was born in the city of Nazareth in Galilee, where her parents lived.

ጥር ፳፩ (30 January) – The Dormition of the Theotokos, St. Mary

On this day, Our Lady, the all pure, Virgin St. Mary, the Mother of God, departed. As the Holy Virgin prayed on the Mount of Olives (near Jerusalem), the Angel Gabriel appeared to her, and announced to her that in three days her earthly life would come to an end and that the Lord would take to Him. The Lord arranged it so that toward that time the Apostles congregated in Jerusalem from the many parts of the world where they were preaching. At the hour of her end, a bright light illuminated the room in which the Virgin Mary was lying. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself, surrounded by Angels, appeared and received her most pure soul. The Apostles buried her holy body, according to her wish, at the foot of the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane, in the cave where reposed the bodies of her parents and of the righteous Joseph.

ነሐሴ ፲፮ (22 August) – Commemoration of the Assumption of the Theotokos St. Mary/End of St. Mary’s Fast

On this day, was the assumption of the body of our pure Lady St. Mary, the Mother of God. After the virgin St. Mary gave up her pure spirit, the Apostles shrouded her pure body and carried it to Gethsemane.

Some of the Jews blocked their way to prevent them from burying the body. One of the Jews seized the coffin with his hands, which were separated instantly from his body and they remained attached to the coffin. He regretted his evil deed and wept bitterly. Through the supplications of the saintly apostles, his hands were reattached to his body, and he believed in the Lord Christ. When they placed the body in the tomb, the Lord hid it from them.

St. Thomas the Apostle was not present at the time of St. Mary’s departure. Three days after the burial of the Theotokos, there arrived belatedly the Apostle Thomas. He wished to see her body for the last time, a cloud carried him to Jerusalem. On his way, he saw the pure body of St. Mary carried by the angels and ascended to heaven with it. One of the angels told him, “Make haste and kiss the pure body of St. Mary,” and he did.

When St. Thomas arrived where the disciples were, they told him about St. Mary’s departure and he said to them, “You know how I conducted myself at the resurrection of the Lord Christ, and I will not believe unless I see her body.” They went with him to the tomb, and uncovered the place of the body but they did not find it, and everyone was perplexed and surprised. The Apostles returned to their home in amazement. In the evening during their prayers, they heard Angels singing. Glancing upward, the Apostles saw the Most Holy Virgin surrounded by Angels, in heavenly glory. She said to the Apostles: “Rejoice! I am with you for all the days and nights.”

St. Thomas told them how he saw the holy body and the angels that were ascending with it. They heard the Holy Spirit saying to them, “The Lord did not will to leave her body on earth.”

The Lord had promised his pure apostles to let them see her in the flesh once again. They were waiting for this promise to be fulfilled, until the 16th day of the month of Mesra, when the promise was fulfilled and they saw her. They saw her sitting on the right hand of her Son and her Lord, surrounded by the angelic Host, as David prophesied and said, “At your right hand stands the queen.” (Psalm 45:9)

The years of her life on earth were 60 years. She was 12 years old when she left the temple. She spent 34 years in Joseph’s house, until the Ascension of the Lord, and 14 years with St. John the Evangelist, according to the commandment of the Lord which he told her at the cross.

“O Virgin Mary, Mother of God, holy and faithful advocate of the human race, intercede for us with Christ whom you mothered, that He may grant us forgiveness of sins.”

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Annual Feast of Archangel Michael
Jun
19
11:30 AM11:30

Annual Feast of Archangel Michael

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On this day, the church celebrates the commemoration of the angel Michael, the Archangel, the intercessor of the human race. The one who appeared to Joshua the son of Nun, encouraged him, and told him, "Nay, but as captain of the hosts of the Lord am I now come." He made the city of Jericho to fall into his hands, and he stopped the sun for him.

May his intercession be with us. Amen

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Annual Feast of Archangel Michael
Jun
18
6:00 AM06:00

Annual Feast of Archangel Michael

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On this day, the church celebrates the commemoration of the angel Michael, the Archangel, the intercessor of the human race. The one who appeared to Joshua the son of Nun, encouraged him, and told him, "Nay, but as captain of the hosts of the Lord am I now come." He made the city of Jericho to fall into his hands, and he stopped the sun for him.

May his intercession be with us. Amen

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Monthly feast of St. Mary
May
29
6:00 AM06:00

Monthly feast of St. Mary

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On this day, the church commemorates the pure and Virgin St. Mary, the mother of the Savior of the world, the intercessor of all the Christians, from whom came the salvation of Adam and his posterity.

May her intercession be with us. Amen.

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Feast of the Ascension of Christ
May
25
8:00 AM08:00

Feast of the Ascension of Christ

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The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is one of the nine great feasts of the Church in the liturgical calendar, and commemorates each year the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Ascension Day is always celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter day (Acts 1:3). The story of the Ascension of our Lord is stated in the book of the Acts of the Apostles 1:3-11. It is also mentioned in the Gospels of Mark (16:19) and Luke (24:50-53).

In His last stay on earth, Jesus Christ was appeared, forty days after His Resurrection from the dead and commanded to His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the "Promise of the Father". He stated, "You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:5).

After Jesus gave these instructions, He led the disciples to the Mount of Olives. Then, He ordered them to be His witnesses "In Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). As the disciples watched, Jesus lifted up His hands, blessed them, and then was taken up out of their sight (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9).

Then they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Then two angels appeared to them and asked them why they were gazing into heaven. Then one of the angels said, "This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him going into heaven" (Acts 1:11).

The Ascension of Jesus Christ was vital in a chain of the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Old and New Testament times (Psalms 110:1; Matthew 26:64; John 6:62; John 7:33; John 14:28; John 16:5; John 20:17). A thousand years before the Savior’s birth, David prophesied the ascension of Jesus when he announced the Lord’s enthronement at the Father’s right hand (Psalm 110:1).

The ascension of Christ into heaven endorses contrary to Jewish expectations, the coming of Lord to this world was not to overthrow Rome, and establish an earthly, political administration as stated in different parts of the Bible, (John 6:15; 18:36; Acts 1:6). In contra to the Jewish expectations the ascension of Christ approves the end of His redemptive work and the end of His public ministry of words and works (John 17:4-11; Heb. 1:3; 10:12)

Glory be to our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ!

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Apr
15
to Apr 16

Easter Celebration

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 የጌታችን የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ሞት ለእኛ ድኅነት እንደሆነ ቅዱስ መጽሐፉ ያስረዳል። ስለዚህ ሐዋርያው ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ በሰፊው አብራርቶልናል። “የሰው ልጅ በራሱ ጥፋት በሞት ጥላ ሥር ቢወድቅም መድኃኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ሞትን በሞቱ ደምስሶ ለሚያምኑበት ሕይወትን ድኅነትን አውጇል። “አሁን ግን ክርስቶስ ለአንቀላፉት በኩራት ሆኖ ከሙታን ተለይቶ ከሞት ተነስቶአል።” (፩ኛ ቆሮ.፲፭፥፳-፳፩) ሐዋርያውና ወንጌላዊው ማቴዎስ እንደጻፈው ኢየሱስ እኛን ከድካማችን ሁሉ ለማሳረፍ በእርሱም ዘንድ እረፍትን እንድናገኝ በቃሉ እንደጋበዘን ሲያስረዳን “እናንተ ደካሞች ሸክማችሁ የከበደ ሁሉ ወደ እኔ ኑ እኔም አሳርፋችኋለሁ” (ማቴ. ፲፩፥፳፰) እያለ ጥሪውን ያስተላልፋል። ስለዚህ ቤተክርስቲያናችንም ይህንን ቅዱስ ቃል መርሆ በማድረግ ወደ እግዚአብሔር ቤት ምዕመናንን በየጊዜው ትጋብዛለች። አሁንም እንኳን ለብርሃነ ትንሣዔው በሰላምና በሕይወት አደረሳችሁ እያልን እርስዎ የጌታችን የመድኃኒታችን የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ትንሣዔና ሕይወት ተካፋይ እንዲሆኑ በቅድስት ቤተክርስቲያናችን ስም ጥሪ እናቀርባለን። ይህም ጥሪ የእግዚአብሔር እንጂ ከሰው እንዳይደለ ክፍ ብሎ ተገልጿል። የእግዚአብሔርንም ጥሪ የተቀበሉ በእርሱ የሚመሩ በደስታ ይኖራሉ። የፈለጉት ሁሉ ይፈጸምላቸዋል። ይህንንም ቅዱስ መጽሐፍ እንዲህ ሲል ያረጋግጣል። “ከእናንተ መካከል ጥበብ የጎደለው ቢኖር ሳይነቅፍ በልግስና ለሁሉ የሚሰጠውን እግዚአብሔርን ይለምን ለእርሱም ይሰጠዋል። ነገር ግን በምንም ሳይጠራጠር በእምነት ይለምን።” (የያዕቆብ መልዕክት ፩፥፭-፯) ስለሆነም በዓሉ የበረከት የሰላምንና ፍቅርን በዓል ይሁንልዎ።  ሊቀ ካህናት ምሳሌ እንግዳ በካናዳ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ዋና አስተዳዳሪ።  “አሁን ግን ክርስቶስ ላንቀላፉት በኩራት ሆኖ ከሙታን ተነስቷል። ሞት በሰው በኩል ስለመጣ ትንሣዔ ሙታን በሰው በኩል ሆኖአልና።” (፩ኛ ቆሮ.፲፭፥፳-፳፩)  “But as it is, Christ is now raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20-21)  የትንሣዔ ፕሮግራም ቅዳሜ ሚያዚያ ፯ ቀን ፪ሺህ፱ ዓ.ም. ከምሽቱ ፲፪ ሰዓት እስከ ሌሊቱ ፯ ሰዓት ተኩል ድረስ ያካሄዳል።  EASTER CELEBRATION APRIL 15 tO April 16, 2017 FROM 6:00 PM TO 1:30 AM.  6:00 p.m. Gospel Sermon. 8:30 p.m. Opening prayer followed by Mahelet Debteras Liturgical Hymns 9:30 p.m. Prayer of the Gospel  Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. And smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them into perpetual reproach. (Psalms 78: 65 - 66)  The Gospel of St. Matthew 28: 1 - 15  The Debters will continue Liturgical Hymns (Angeeragary and Esmelealem.)  At this time the congregation shall light the candles and chant after the deacons.  Youth choir present Werebe.  10:15 p.m. Prayer of the Covenant 10:30 p.m. The Divine Liturgy Service begun   Readings: 1 Corinthians 15: 20 – 41 1 Peter 1: 1 – 13 Acts 2: 22 – 37  Misbak Psalms 78: 65 – 66  Gospel The Gospel of St. John 20: 1 – 19  1:30 a.m. Closing prayer and dismissal.

የጌታችን የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ሞት ለእኛ ድኅነት እንደሆነ ቅዱስ መጽሐፉ ያስረዳል። ስለዚህ ሐዋርያው ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ በሰፊው አብራርቶልናል። “የሰው ልጅ በራሱ ጥፋት በሞት ጥላ ሥር ቢወድቅም መድኃኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ሞትን በሞቱ ደምስሶ ለሚያምኑበት ሕይወትን ድኅነትን አውጇል። “አሁን ግን ክርስቶስ ለአንቀላፉት በኩራት ሆኖ ከሙታን ተለይቶ ከሞት ተነስቶአል።” (፩ኛ ቆሮ.፲፭፥፳-፳፩) ሐዋርያውና ወንጌላዊው ማቴዎስ እንደጻፈው ኢየሱስ እኛን ከድካማችን ሁሉ ለማሳረፍ በእርሱም ዘንድ እረፍትን እንድናገኝ በቃሉ እንደጋበዘን ሲያስረዳን “እናንተ ደካሞች ሸክማችሁ የከበደ ሁሉ ወደ እኔ ኑ እኔም አሳርፋችኋለሁ” (ማቴ. ፲፩፥፳፰) እያለ ጥሪውን ያስተላልፋል። ስለዚህ ቤተክርስቲያናችንም ይህንን ቅዱስ ቃል መርሆ በማድረግ ወደ እግዚአብሔር ቤት ምዕመናንን በየጊዜው ትጋብዛለች። አሁንም እንኳን ለብርሃነ ትንሣዔው በሰላምና በሕይወት አደረሳችሁ እያልን እርስዎ የጌታችን የመድኃኒታችን የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ትንሣዔና ሕይወት ተካፋይ እንዲሆኑ በቅድስት ቤተክርስቲያናችን ስም ጥሪ እናቀርባለን። ይህም ጥሪ የእግዚአብሔር እንጂ ከሰው እንዳይደለ ክፍ ብሎ ተገልጿል። የእግዚአብሔርንም ጥሪ የተቀበሉ በእርሱ የሚመሩ በደስታ ይኖራሉ። የፈለጉት ሁሉ ይፈጸምላቸዋል። ይህንንም ቅዱስ መጽሐፍ እንዲህ ሲል ያረጋግጣል። “ከእናንተ መካከል ጥበብ የጎደለው ቢኖር ሳይነቅፍ በልግስና ለሁሉ የሚሰጠውን እግዚአብሔርን ይለምን ለእርሱም ይሰጠዋል። ነገር ግን በምንም ሳይጠራጠር በእምነት ይለምን።” (የያዕቆብ መልዕክት ፩፥፭-፯) ስለሆነም በዓሉ የበረከት የሰላምንና ፍቅርን በዓል ይሁንልዎ።

ሊቀ ካህናት ምሳሌ እንግዳ
በካናዳ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ዋና አስተዳዳሪ።

“አሁን ግን ክርስቶስ ላንቀላፉት በኩራት ሆኖ ከሙታን ተነስቷል። ሞት በሰው በኩል ስለመጣ ትንሣዔ ሙታን በሰው በኩል ሆኖአልና።” (፩ኛ ቆሮ.፲፭፥፳-፳፩)

“But as it is, Christ is now raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20-21)

የትንሣዔ ፕሮግራም ቅዳሜ ሚያዚያ ፯ ቀን ፪ሺህ፱ ዓ.ም. ከምሽቱ ፲፪ ሰዓት እስከ ሌሊቱ ፯ ሰዓት ተኩል ድረስ ያካሄዳል።

EASTER CELEBRATION APRIL 15 tO April 16, 2017 FROM 6:00 PM TO 1:30 AM.

6:00 p.m. Gospel Sermon.
8:30 p.m. Opening prayer followed by Mahelet Debteras Liturgical Hymns
9:30 p.m. Prayer of the Gospel

Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. And smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them into perpetual reproach. (Psalms 78: 65 - 66)

The Gospel of St. Matthew 28: 1 - 15

The Debters will continue Liturgical Hymns (Angeeragary and Esmelealem.)

At this time the congregation shall light the candles and chant after the deacons.

Youth choir present Werebe.

10:15 p.m. Prayer of the Covenant
10:30 p.m. The Divine Liturgy Service begun

Readings: 1 Corinthians 15: 20 – 41
1 Peter 1: 1 – 13
Acts 2: 22 – 37

Misbak Psalms 78: 65 – 66

Gospel The Gospel of St. John 20: 1 – 19

1:30 a.m. Closing prayer and dismissal.

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Apr
9
5:00 AM05:00

Orthodox Palm Sunday (Vigil service and Eucharistic Liturgy)

  https://youtu.be/cLD-wJBHuaI       |       https://youtu.be/hzm6mtz7cgc       |       https://youtu.be/XB5XH2TygR4   Palm Sunday is o­ne of the Major Feasts of our Lord, and it is the day o­n which the Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as a King, riding o­n a donkey and a colt, the foal of a donkey. Accordingly, the crowds with palm and olive branches, who joyfully chanted  “Hosanna, Son of David” , greeted Him. “Hosanna” is an Aramaic word meaning “save us”. At the time, the Jews expected an earthly king to come and save them from the Roman occupation, and thought that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah of their expectations. When they realized that this was not His intention, and that He had come to save them from the bondage of Satan, they cried out to Pilate saying  “Crucify Him, Crucify Him! His blood be o­n us and our children.”  Zechariah the Prophet prophesized about this great event saying:  “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding o­n a donkey and a colt, the foal of a donkey.”   On this day also, the Lord Christ entered the Temple, driving away the merchants and overturning the tables of the money-changers. This was clearly a sign of His anger towards using religion as a means of trade. He also overturned the seats of those who sold doves, casting them out of the Temple. Again, this was also a clear sign of His disapproval towards selling and devaluing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, since the doves symbolize the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As for the Lord’s anger and the whip of cords He used, they foretold of the severity of how Satan and his followers who refused Christ as Lord and God would be judged o­n Judgment Day.

https://youtu.be/cLD-wJBHuaI      |      https://youtu.be/hzm6mtz7cgc      |      https://youtu.be/XB5XH2TygR4

Palm Sunday is o­ne of the Major Feasts of our Lord, and it is the day o­n which the Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as a King, riding o­n a donkey and a colt, the foal of a donkey. Accordingly, the crowds with palm and olive branches, who joyfully chanted “Hosanna, Son of David”, greeted Him. “Hosanna” is an Aramaic word meaning “save us”. At the time, the Jews expected an earthly king to come and save them from the Roman occupation, and thought that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah of their expectations. When they realized that this was not His intention, and that He had come to save them from the bondage of Satan, they cried out to Pilate saying “Crucify Him, Crucify Him! His blood be o­n us and our children.” Zechariah the Prophet prophesized about this great event saying: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding o­n a donkey and a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

On this day also, the Lord Christ entered the Temple, driving away the merchants and overturning the tables of the money-changers. This was clearly a sign of His anger towards using religion as a means of trade. He also overturned the seats of those who sold doves, casting them out of the Temple. Again, this was also a clear sign of His disapproval towards selling and devaluing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, since the doves symbolize the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As for the Lord’s anger and the whip of cords He used, they foretold of the severity of how Satan and his followers who refused Christ as Lord and God would be judged o­n Judgment Day.

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