"Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God."Psalm 68:31                    "Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel?" Amos 9:7




Bread for the Soul
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.John 15:12-13         

Happy Ethiopian New Year 2007!

ኑ እናመስግን ከልባችን የሰማዩን አባታችንን
ከዚህ እለት ከዚህ አመት ያደረሰን ሁላችንን።

Feast of the Season/Great Lent Fast (Abiy Tsom/Huda'de/Ye-Geta Tsom)

From Yekatit 17, 2006(February 24, 2014) - Mizia 12, 2006(April 20, 2014).
ዓብይ ጾም ከሰኞ የካቲት ፲፯ (Feb 24)እስከ ሚያዚያ ፲፪ (Apr 20) ነው።

To the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Lent (Hudadi or Abbiy Tsom) means a period of fasting when the faithful undergo a rigorous schedule of prayers and penitence. This fast is observed with greater rigor than any other fast and it is a test of one's Christianity. One who fails to keep it is not considered a good Christian. Properly observed it nullifies the sins committed during the rest of the year. The faithful should abstain from all food except bread, water and salt. It consists of 56 days, all meat is forbidden, and also, what are called "lactina," milk, butter, cheese, eggs, etc. On all the fasting days only one meal is allowed and this is to be taken in the afternoon, at 3 P.M.. or in the evening. On Saturdays and Sundays people are allowed to eat in the morning.
Daily Services are conducted in all the Churches. Each day services are held from morning to 2:45 P.M.. Priests regularly attend night services starting at midnight up to seven A.M.

Each week of the Great Lent has its own name associated with what Christ did or taught. The names and the corresponding part of the bible are shown below with each Sunday heralding the beginning of each week.

European Calendar Ethiopian Calendar Name of the weeks Bible Reading
February 23, 2014 Yekatit 16, 2006 Ze' worede or Hirkal John 3:10-25
March 02, 2014 Yekatit 23, 2006 Qidist Mt 4:1-11
March 09, 2014 Yekatit 30, 2006 Mikurab John 2:12-25
March 16, 2014 Megabit 7, 2006 Metsagu’e John 5:1-25
March 23, 2014 Megabit 14, 2006 Debrezeit Mt 24:1-36
March 30, 2014 Megabit 21, 2006 Gebir’HEr Mt 25:14-31
April 06, 2014 Megabit 28, 2006 Niqodimos John 3:1-15
April 13, 2014 Miazia 05,2006 Hosa'ena John 12:1-50
April 18, 2014 Miazia 10,2006 Sekelet/Good Friday John 12:1-50
April 20,2014 Miazia 12, 2006 Tinsa’e John 20:1-50

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