"Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God." Psalm 68:31                     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                     ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31                     Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35                    For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; Hebrews 3:14                    Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see,And ask for the old paths, where the good way iAnd walk in it;Then you will find rest for your souls.But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16                    "Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel?" Amos 9:7




Bread for the Soul

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

From Monday, March 11, 2024 to Saturday, May 04, 2024
ከሰኞ መጋቢት ፪ ፪ሺ፲፮ እስከ ቅዳሜ ሚያዝያ ፳፮ ፪ሺ፲፮

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 10, 2024 መጋቢት ፩ ፪ሺ፲፮ Ze' worede or Hirkal / ዘወረደ John 3:10-25
March 17, 2024 መጋቢት ፰ ፪ሺ፲፮ Qidist / ቅድስት Mt 4:1-11
March 24, 2024 መጋቢት ፲፭ ፪ሺ፲፮ Mikurab / ምኵራብ John 2:12-25
March 31, 2024 መጋቢት ፳፪ ፪ሺ፲፮ Metsagu’e / መጻጒዕ John 5:1-25
April 07, 2024 መጋቢት ፳፱ ፪ሺ፲፮ Debrezeit / ደብረዘይት Mt 24:1-36
April 14, 2024 ሚያዝያ ፮ ፪ሺ፲፮ Gebir’HEr / ገብርኄር Mt 25:14-31
April 21, 2024 ሚያዝያ ፲፫ ፪ሺ፲፮ Niqodimos / ኒቆዲሞስ John 3:1-15
April 28, 2024 ሚያዝያ ፳ ፪ሺ፲፮ Hosa'ena / ሆሣዕና John 12:1-50
May 03, 2024 ሚያዝያ ፳፭ ፪ሺ፲፮ Good Friday / Sekelet/ስቅለት John 19:1-42
May 05, 2024 ሚያዝያ ፳፯ ፪ሺ፲፮ Tinsa’e / ትንሳኤ/ፋሲካ John 20:1-50
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