"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

እንኳን ለአዲሱ አመት በሰላም እና በጤና አደረሰን።
Happy Ethiopian New Year!

ልዑል እግዚአብሔር አዲሱን አመት ደግ ደጉን የምንሰራበት፤ ደግ ደጉን የምንሰማበት፤ ደግ ደጉን የምናይበት፤ ደግ ደጉን የምናገኝበት፤ ዘመን ያድርግልን።

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

From Monday, March 08, 2021 to Saturday, May 01, 2021
አብይ ፆም ከሰኞ፣ የካቲት፣ ፳፱ ፪ሺ፲፫ እስከ ቅዳሜ፣ ሚያዝያ፣ ፳፫ ፪ሺ፲፫

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 07, 2021 የካቲት፣ ፳፰ ፪ሺ፲፫ Ze' worede or Hirkal / ዘወረደ John 3:10-25
March 14, 2021 መጋቢት፣ ፭ ፪ሺ፲፫ Qidist / ቅድስት Mt 4:1-11
March 21, 2021 መጋቢት፣ ፲፪ ፪ሺ፲፫ Mikurab / ምኵራብ John 2:12-25
March 28, 2021 መጋቢት፣ ፲፱ ፪ሺ፲፫ Metsagu’e / መጻጒዕ John 5:1-25
April 04, 2021 መጋቢት፣ ፳፮ ፪ሺ፲፫ Debrezeit / ደብረዘይት Mt 24:1-36
April 11, 2021 ሚያዝያ፣ ፫ ፪ሺ፲፫ Gebir’HEr / ገብርኄር Mt 25:14-31
April 18, 2021 ሚያዝያ፣ ፲ ፪ሺ፲፫ Niqodimos / ኒቆዲሞስ John 3:1-15
April 25, 2021 ሚያዝያ፣ ፲፯ ፪ሺ፲፫ Hosa'ena / ሆሣዕና John 12:1-50
April 30, 2021 ሚያዝያ፣ ፳፪ ፪ሺ፲፫ Good Friday / Sekelet/ስቅለት John 19:1-42
May 02, 2021 ሚያዝያ፣ ፳፬ ፪ሺ፲፫ Tinsa’e / ትንሳኤ/ፋሲካ John 20:1-50

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