"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, February 20, 2023 to Saturday, April 15, 2023
ከሰኞ የካቲት ፲፫ ፪ሺ፲፭ እስከ ቅዳሜ ሚያዝያ ፯ ፪ሺ፲፭

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, 2023 የካቲት ፲፪ ፪ሺ፲፭ Ze' worede or Hirkal / ዘወረደ John 3:10-25
Feburary 26, 2023 የካቲት ፲፱ ፪ሺ፲፭ Qidist / ቅድስት Mt 4:1-11
March 05, 2023 የካቲት ፳፮ ፪ሺ፲፭ Mikurab / ምኵራብ John 2:12-25
March 12, 2023 መጋቢት ፫ ፪ሺ፲፭ Metsagu’e / መጻጒዕ John 5:1-25
March 19, 2023 መጋቢት ፲ ፪ሺ፲፭ Debrezeit / ደብረዘይት Mt 24:1-36
March 26, 2023 መጋቢት ፲፯ ፪ሺ፲፭ Gebir’HEr / ገብርኄር Mt 25:14-31
April 02, 2023 መጋቢት ፳፬ ፪ሺ፲፭ Niqodimos / ኒቆዲሞስ John 3:1-15
April 09, 2023 ሚያዝያ ፩ ፪ሺ፲፭ Hosa'ena / ሆሣዕና John 12:1-50
April 14, 2023 ሚያዝያ ፮ ፪ሺ፲፭ Good Friday / Sekelet/ስቅለት John 19:1-42
April 16, 2023 ሚያዝያ ፰ ፪ሺ፲፭ Tinsa’e / ትንሳኤ/ፋሲካ John 20:1-50
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