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Beata: The Entrance of Saint Mary into the Temple

December 10, 2016
By Kassa Nigus

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The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church celebrates the Entrance of Saint Mary into the Temple at Jerusalem on Tahisas 3 (December 12) as one of the thirty three feasts of St. Mary in the year. The Feast recognized in the Ethiopian Church as “Be’ata” in Ge’ez language to mean “her entry” to the Temple.

The Commemoration of the Festival of the Twenty four Priests of heaven

December 03, 2016

68677_306954779413269_1699992149_n.jpgThe twenty-four Priests of heaven are a class of priestly angels positioned in the fifth rank of angelic hierarchy and perform priestly duties without rest. (Rev. 4:4, 10, 11) They have been cleansing, praying and seek mercy for mankind as they had cleansed Isaiah with live coal from the altar.  (Isa. 6:1-7).

Zion: Epitome of Saint Mary

December 2, 2016
By Kassa Nigus 

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Originally, Mount Zion is a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City on which David built his palace and where he also brought the Ark of the Covenant (2 Samuel 5:7, 1 Chronicles 11:5; 1 Kings 8:1, 2 Chronicles 5:2). Later in a wider sense, the term began to be used to refer to the entire Land of Israel.  
 

The Feast of the Ark of the Covenant

November 29, 2016

Kassa Nigus 

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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 Arc 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.

Hidden Ark Discovered Through Revelation

November 29, 2016 
By Kassa Nigus 

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In an interview with Seme’atsidk Newspaper, Megabe Selam Kesis Selomon Tolcha, Head of Heritage Protection, Library and Museum Department under the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Patriarchate announced that more than half a century old Ark, dedicated to St. Michael, has been found in Addis Ababa University Museum.

The Fast of the Prophets (Tsome Nebiyat)

November 24, 2016

By Kassa Nigus

Based on Fetha Negest (Article 15, Number 565), the Fast of the Prophets (Tsome Nebiyat) is one of the seven official fasting seasons ordained in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church that starts on 15th Hedar (November 24) and ends on Christmas eve 28th of Tahsas (January 06).  The Orthodox Church observes the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ with 44 days of fast, which culminates in the feast.

Ethiopian Patriarch on a week-long visit to India

November 23, 2016

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(Taken fron The New Indian Express)  Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, arrived in Kerala on Saturday on a one-week visit. The Patriarch was accorded a warm welcome at the Nedumbassery airport.

Annual Feast of Archangel Saint Michael

November 21, 2015

By Kassa Nigus 

Saint Michael is one of the seven primary Arch angels, who is always standing besides God’s throne and is honored for defeating Devil at God’s command (Rev.12:7-9). His powerful and fastest aid has always been invoked by the Church in time of emergency and unusual danger. He is the guardian of the souls and fighter against evil. He is often painted in the walls of every Ethiopian Church with a flaming sword and spear, which pierces the devil.

The Annual Feast of the Four Living Creatures (Cherubim)

November 16, 2017
Every year on Hidar 8 (November 17), the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewaido church celebrates the feast of the four beasts locally known as ‘Arba’ettu Ensisa’. Churches named after these heavenly creatures has been rarely built across the nation. They are four in number and take the form of a lion, an ox, a man and an eagle. They have six wings; are covered with eyes and continually praise God.

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 Acording to Ethiopian church tradition of iconography, the surroundings and inner door of sanctuaries ornamented by the icons of Cherubim along with the Images of Holy Trinity.

 

The Ethiopic Synaxarium records the description of the Four Living Creatures as follows:

Feast of the Great Martyr Saint George

November 16, 2016 
By Kassa Nigus 

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Saint George is one of the honored martyrs in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church, wherein he is referred to as the "Chief of Martyrs".