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Bread for the Soul

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

From Yekatit 5, 2010(February 12, 2018) - Megabit 30, 2010(April 08, 2018).
ዓብይ ጾም ከሰኞ የካቲት ፭(February 12) እስከ መጋቢት ፴(April 08) 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 11, 2018 Yekatit 04, 2010 Ze' worede or Hirkal John 3:10-25
February 18, 2018 Yekatit 11, 2010 Qidist Mt 4:1-11
Feburary 25, 2018 Yekatit 18, 2010 Mikurab John 2:12-25
March 04, 2018 Yekatit 25, 2010 Metsagu’e John 5:1-25
March 11, 2018 Megabit 02, 2010 Debrezeit Mt 24:1-36
March 18, 2018 Megabit 09, 2010 Gebir’HEr Mt 25:14-31
March 25, 2018 Megabit 16, 2010 Niqodimos John 3:1-15
April 01, 2018 Megabit 23,2010 Hosa'ena John 12:1-50
April 06, 2018 Megabit 28,2010 Sekelet/Good Friday John 19:1-42
April 08,2018 Megabit 30, 2010 Tinsa’e John 20:1-50

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