"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 2010!

ኑ እናመስግን ከልባችን የሰማዩን አባታችንን
ከዚህ እለት ከዚህ አመት ያደረሰን ሁላችንን።

አምላካችን ቅዱስ እግዚአብሔር እድሜን ለንስሐ ሰጥቶ እንኳን ለዚህች ሰዓትና ለዚህች ዕለት በሰላምና በጤና አሸጋገረን አሸጋገራችሁ።

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

From Yekatit 13, 2009(February 20, 2017) - Mizia 07, 2009(April 15, 2017).
ዓብይ ጾም ከሰኞ የካቲት ፲፫(February 20) እስከ ሚያዚያ ፯(April 15) 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 19, 2017 Yekatit 12, 2009 Ze' worede or Hirkal John 3:10-25
February 26, 2017 Yekatit 19, 2009 Qidist Mt 4:1-11
March 05, 2017 Yekatit 26, 2009 Mikurab John 2:12-25
March 12, 2017 Megabit 03, 2009 Metsagu’e John 5:1-25
March 19, 2017 Megabit 10, 2009 Debrezeit Mt 24:1-36
March 26, 2017 Megabit 17, 2009 Gebir’HEr Mt 25:14-31
April 02, 2017 Megabit 24, 2009 Niqodimos John 3:1-15
April 09, 2017 Miazia 01,2009 Hosa'ena John 12:1-50
April 14, 2017 Miazia 06,2009 Sekelet/Good Friday John 12:1-50
April 16,2017 Miazia 08, 2009 Tinsa’e John 20:1-50

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