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´╗┐The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? : Psalm 27: 1

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The Third Commandment
January 22, 2015       
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Ex.20:7, Deut.5:11)
         
               Part - 8
  Blaspheming - is a grave type of wrongful use of God's name.

We know that we are speaking to believers who do not blaspheme in the serious meaning of the word i.e., cursing or insulting the name of God. But some people in the times of troubles may do something else such as grumbling against God, blaming Him, accusing Him of injustice or neglect or threatening Him to abstain from praying or to cut relations with Him, etc. This is utterly improper; for we should respect God and be careful in every word we utter.
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Epiphany (The Feast of Timket)
January, 2015

By Kassa Nigus

“Timket” is a Ge’ez word meaning “immersion in water” similar to the Baptism of Jesus Christ. The word also denotes epiphany which is driven from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning “appearance”. 
 
The annual Timket celebration is held across Ethiopia on Tir 11 E.C (January 19 G.C) with processions of priests carrying replicas of the Ark of Covenant, locally known as ‘Tabot’s, escorted by thousands of believers. The day is observed in commemoration of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River. Timket is not only one of the major feasts of the Ethiopian church but it is also a public holiday when offices and schools across the country are closed. 
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The Departure of St. John the Evangelist

 January 12,2015

                                                                                                                  By Kassa Nigus   The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church celebrates the Feast of John the apostle and evangelist on 4th day of each month. Tir 4/January 12, in the Ethiopian Church, is dedicated to commemorate the departure of John the apostle and evangelist who was the son of Zebedee.

He was the brother of St. James the Elder, who was killed by Herod by the sword. The Lord called him with his brother "Boanerges" (Mark 3:17), that is "sons of thunder," for their strong zeal and great faith. He was also the disciple whom Jesus loved.

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The Feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas)

January 7,2015

By Kassa Ngus

The Feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ is one of the most joyful days of the Ethiopian Orthodox  Tewahodo Church that has been celebrated  on Tahisas 29 E.C (January 7). The Feast of the Birth of Jesus which is parallel to “Lidet” in the Ethiopian Church is also known as the "Incarnation of Christ." This means that Jesus became a man and came into the world to save us. We also refer to this joyous feast as Christmas. The story of the Birth of Christ is superbly told in the Holy Scriptures. The story is mainly found in (Matthew 1:18-25 and in Luke 2:1-20).      

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The three Sundays prior to Christmas: Zemene Sebket, Berhan and Nolawi

January 3,2015

    Kassa Nigus &Tsegeye Girma

The season goes up to the vigil of Christmas and leads to the celebration of the Savior’s Nativity. It corresponds to advent in Roman Church and covers three Sundays from Tahisas 7 to 27 (December 16 -January 5). During the three weeks of the season, we prepare with mounting expectation for the coming of Christ in a spirit of waiting, conversion and hope.

The Liturgy during this period focuses on Biblical readings and hymns that recount the coming of the Lord. The three Sundays are known as Zemene Sebket, Berhan and Nolawi.

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