"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         

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

From Yekatit 09, 2007(February 16, 2015) - Mizia 03, 2007(April 11, 2015).
ዓብይ ጾም ከሰኞ የካቲት ፱ (February 16) እስከ ሚያዚያ ፫ (April 11) 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 15, 2015 Yekatit 08, 2007 Ze' worede or Hirkal John 3:10-25
February 22, 2015 Yekatit 15, 2007 Qidist Mt 4:1-11
March 01, 2015 Yekatit 22, 2007 Mikurab John 2:12-25
March 08, 2015 Yekatit 29, 2007 Metsagu’e John 5:1-25
March 15, 2015 Megabit 06, 2007 Debrezeit Mt 24:1-36
March 22, 2015 Megabit 13, 2007 Gebir’HEr Mt 25:14-31
March 29, 2015 Megabit 20, 2007 Niqodimos John 3:1-15
April 05, 2015 Megabit 27,2007 Hosa'ena John 12:1-50
April 10, 2015 Miazia 02,2007 Sekelet/Good Friday John 12:1-50
April 12,2015 Miazia 04, 2007 Tinsa’e John 20:1-50

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