"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, February 24, 2020 to Saturday, April 18, 2020
አብይ ፆም ከሰኞ፣ የካቲት፣ ፲፮ ፪ሺ፲፪ እስከ ቅዳሜ፣ ሚያዝያ፣ ፲ ፪ሺ፲፪

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 23, 2020 የካቲት፣ ፲፭ ፪ሺ፲፪ Ze' worede or Hirkal / ዘወረደ John 3:10-25
March 1, 2020 የካቲት፣ ፳፪ ፪ሺ፲፪ Qidist / ቅድስት Mt 4:1-11
March 8, 2020 የካቲት፣ ፳፱ ፪ሺ፲፪ Mikurab / ምኵራብ John 2:12-25
March 15, 2020 መጋቢት፣ ፮ ፪ሺ፲፪ Metsagu’e / መጻጒዕ John 5:1-25
March 22, 2020 መጋቢት፣ ፲፫ ፪ሺ፲፪ Debrezeit / ደብረዘይት Mt 24:1-36
March 29, 2020 መጋቢት፣ ፳ ፪ሺ፲፪ Gebir’HEr / ገብርኄር Mt 25:14-31
April 5, 2020 መጋቢት፣ ፳፯ ፪ሺ፲፪ Niqodimos / ኒቆዲሞስ John 3:1-15
April 12, 2020 ሚያዝያ፣ ፬ ፪ሺ፲፪ Hosa'ena / ሆሣዕና John 12:1-50
April 17, 2020 ሚያዝያ፣ ፱ ፪ሺ፲፪ Good Friday / Sekelet/ስቅለት John 19:1-42
April 19, 2020 ሚያዝያ፣ ፲፩ ፪ሺ፲፪ Tinsa’e / ትንሳኤ/ፋሲካ John 20:1-50

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