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The Commemoration of the Death of St. Mary (Astereyo Mariam)

 “… Behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things;” (Luke 1:48-49)

January 30, 2017

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The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido church commemorates the death of St. Mary on Tir 21 (January 29). The day is known as ‘Aster’eyo’ to mean appearance/Epiphany. It is one of the most colorful festivals of St Mary 

The Baptism of Jesus Christ

January 23, 2017 The intent of this piece is to present why Jesus Baptized at Jordan River? Besides, it delineates the mystery of Baptism by water.  

Egypt: Four Christians Slaughtered in 10 Days

January 23, 2017
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Coptic Solidarity – Raymond Ibrahim – 18/1/17 – That the Coptic Christian Church continues to voice its support for President Sisi should not be interpreted to mean that the situation of Egypt’s Christian minority has improved. One need only look to the substratum of news for confirmation. 

The Festival of Timket

January 18, 2017
By Kassa Nigus 
 Baptismal pool in Jan – Meda, Addis Ababa

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‘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) 

Fire Destroys a Prominent Gubae Bet in Gojam

January 17, 2017

By Mesfin Zegeye

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  ‘Qenie Misikir Guba’e Bet’ (School of Excellence of Ge’ez Poem), established in Chegode Hana, Quarit Wereda parish at Fengetta kebele in the West Gojam Diocese of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, was destroyed in a fire accident that started in the morning of January 15, 2017. 

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About Mahibere Kidusan

History

In 1977 E.C (Ethiopian Calendar) few students of higher education initiated the youth in the compass to become members of Sunday school and know the teachings of the churches. Later, this effort had been strengthened by students trained in the Zeaway Hamere Berehan St.Gebreil Clergy Training Monastery by the Then Arch Bishop of Shewa Abune Gorgorious II.

The movements continued in Bilatie military camp that brought all students of higher institutions in the country in 1983 E.C after a year, with the blessing of the church fathers the associations was set up by the name “Mahibre Kidusan” under the Sunday School Department of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Since then the associations has been proving spiritual service.

Name

The association was named Mahibre Kidusan (an association in the name of Saints) Saints would be commemorated in that they abounded the secular world and sacrificed their lives to the orthodox belief for whom the prophets prophesized and apostles evangelized.

OBJECTIVES

  • To organize the youth, who are the children of the church, in higher education under the association and provide them with the teachings of the church.

  • To expand evangelism with various means (ministry, publication, audio and video recordings) in cooperation with the pertinent church bodies.

  • To prepare conditions that enable the educated section of the society support the Orthodox Church with his/her knowledge and assets.

  • To enable the members of the association render free and humanitarian service.

  • To preserve the generation of the dignity and fame of the church fathers.

Necessity

To keep the youth in higher institutions who baptized and become children of the Holy Spirit from heretics who use various means to trap and deviate to their belief.

To design favorable means for students of higher institutions to know and preserve as well as pass to the next generation the canon and tradition of the church passed on to them by forefathers of the church.

To enable the youth overcome the social problems up on graduation and in serving their country and the church with their profession. To follow up the youth’s adherence and practice of the orthodox belief.

Stand

The association shall not interfere in administrative affairs of the church and it is free from and political affiliation.

Membership

  1. Disciples who trained in various training institution of the church and providing ministerial activity.
  2. Higher institution students attending Sunday in their respective parishes.
  3. Member of Sunday school or/and parish that provide spiritual service after graduating from higher institution.
  4. The laity who support the objective of the association with their knowledge, money and labor.

Structure

Mahiber Kidusan is set under the Sunday School department of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It provides spiritual services by its sub centers in the dioceses all over the country and in the Diaspora.