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Bread for the Soul

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

From Yekatit 25, 2011(March 4, 2019) - Mizia 19, 2011(April 27, 2019).

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 03, 2019 Yekatit 24, 2011 Ze' worede or Hirkal John 3:10-25
March 10, 2019 Megabit 01, 2011 Qidist Mt 4:1-11
March 17, 2019 Megabit 08, 2011 Mikurab John 2:12-25
March 24, 2019 Megabit 15, 2011 Metsagu’e John 5:1-25
March 31, 2019 Megabit 22, 2011 Debrezeit Mt 24:1-36
April 07, 2019 Megabit 29, 2011 Gebir’HEr Mt 25:14-31
April 14, 2019 Mazia 06, 2011 Niqodimos John 3:1-15
April 21, 2019 Mazia 13,2011 Hosa'ena John 12:1-50
April 26, 2019 Mazia 18,2011 Sekelet/Good Friday John 19:1-42
April 28,2019 Mazia 20, 2011 Tinsa’e John 20:1-50

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