The Era of Resurrection
April 18, 2023
The savior and redeemer of the world our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s resurrection revealed on the Holy Sabbath day and onwards as the seventh day consequent to the Holiday of His rising is commemorated at our Ethiopian Orthodox Incarnation Church.
The Following Day of Resurrection (Maidot), The Liberation from Hell (Tsehate Siol)
This is the day that souls were liberated from hell and the transgression of humans from death to life. Lord Jesus Christ exonerated souls who were in slavery of Satan in Hell and brought back Adam’s and his grandchildren to their previous grace. On this holiday, we commemorate the freedom we were given back, the returning of our childhood, peace and the entry to heaven.
Although Lord Jesus’s rising was revealed to the holy apostles, Saint Thomas was not there to witness His resurrection. Whilst the disciples told they have seen Him, he refused to accept it and uttered unless he witnessed Himself, was not able to believe His rising. “other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
“After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:25-27) The commemoration of this miracle is on the next day of the Tuesday of the Resurrection.
The word Lazarus means “God has helped.” He is the brother of Mary and Martha that Lord Jesus rose from death. He was living in Bethany and was sick before he died. Lord Jesus was not there whilst it happened but knew he has died. So he said to the disciples “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him.” He then rose Lazarus who died four days ago. Lord Jesus’s Christ’s miracle is memorialized on this Wednesday. (John 11:11-44)
Thursday: Adam’s Thursday
Adam regretted his sin and repented that led to the vow of God for his salvation. He lived in sorrow and misery for defying the Lord’s command. Then he was forgiven by God for he truly regretted sinning and his penance was accepted. So on this Thursday God’s vow for Adam and the redemption of the world is commemorated for which is called Adam’s Thursday.
Friday: Holy Church
On this day is the commemoration of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ establishing Holy Church with His Holy Blood. As it is written is the Book of Acts, “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God Which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28) This day is its commemoration.
Saturday: Holy Women
These women are amongst the 120 family of God. they were the ones who first witnessed the resurrection of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. (Matthew 28:5-9) Since it is the day that the Holy women are commemorated, the day was named accordingly.
Sunday: Second Resurrection
On the Lord’s first revelation to the apostles after His resurrection, Saint Thomas was nor present and thus was present in a closed room. He then said to them, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26-28) This day is then called His second resurrection.
Happy Era of Resurrection!!!