"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

Happy Ethiopian New Year 2009!

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 28, 2008(March 7, 2016) - Mizia 22, 2008(April 30, 2016).
ዓብይ ጾም ከሰኞ የካቲት ፳፰(March 07) እስከ ሚያዚያ ፳፪(April 30) 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
March 06, 2016 Yekatit 27, 2008 Ze' worede or Hirkal John 3:10-25
March 13, 2016 Megabit 04, 2008 Qidist Mt 4:1-11
March 20, 2016 Megabit 11, 2008 Mikurab John 2:12-25
March 27, 2016 Megabit 18, 2008 Metsagu’e John 5:1-25
April 03, 2015 Megabit 25, 2008 Debrezeit Mt 24:1-36
April 10, 2016 Miazia 02, 2008 Gebir’HEr Mt 25:14-31
April 17, 2016 Miazia 09, 2008 Niqodimos John 3:1-15
April 24, 2016 Miazia 16,2008 Hosa'ena John 12:1-50
April 29, 2016 Miazia 21,2008 Sekelet/Good Friday John 12:1-50
May 01,2016 Miazia 23, 2008 Tinsa’e John 20:1-50

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