አባ ማትያስ፡ “ኢትዮጵያ ሀገረ እግዚአብሔር ነች”
Posted by addisethiopia on April 19, 2014
መልካም የትንሣኤ በዓል!
ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ማትያስ ቀዳማዊ ፓትርያርክ ርዕሰ ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ዘኢትዮጵያ ሊቀጳጳስ ዘአክሱም ወእጨጌ ዘመንበረ ተክለ ሃይማኖት የ2006 ዓ.ም. የጌታችን መድኀኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የትንሣኤ በዓልን የእንኳን አደረሳችሁ የሚከተለውን መልእክት አስተላልፈዋል፦
ኢትዮጵያውያን አባቶቻችን በማናቸውም ጊዜ ከነውረ ኃጢአትና ከርኩሰት ሁሉ ርቀው፥ ሕገ–ተፈጥሮንና ሕገ–እግዚአብሔርን ጠብቀው፣ እግዚአብሔር የሚለውን ብቻ አዳምጠውና አክብረው የሚኖሩ ቅዱሳን በመሆናቸውን ነው እንጂ፤ በአሁኑ ጊዜ በኢትዮጵያ ምድር ሊፈጸም ቀርቶ ሊወራ የማይገባውን ሰዶምንና ገሞራን በእሳት ያጋየ ግብረ–ኃጢአት በኢትዮጵያ ምድር መሰማቱ እግዚአብሔር ለኢትዮጵያውያን የሰጠውን የቅድስና ክብር የሚያሳጣ ከመሆኑም ሌላ በሀገራችን ላይ ልማትና ዕድገት ሳይሆን መቅሰፍትና ውድቀት እንዳያስከትልብን ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ ይህንን የሰዶም ግብረ–ኃጢአትን በጽናት መመከት አለበት፤ በቅዱስ ባህልና ሥነ–ምግባር እጅግ የበለጸገና የለማ ትውልድ ማፍራት የልማታችን አካል ማድረግ አለብን።
ኢትዮጵያ ሀገረ እግዚአብሔር መሆኗን ሩሲያዊው የ “Independent“ጋዜጣ ባለቤትም እነሆ መስክሯልWhen he ventured into the mysterious subterranean churches of Ethiopia, Evgeny Lebedev not only visited one of the world’s architectural marvels, he experienced a humble Orthodox Christianity which shames Russia’s own. Nowhere in Lalibela is as impressive, however, as the building they finished last. That is the Bet Giyorgis, or the Church of St George, and it is there – it being St George’s saint’s day – that the crowds are gathered and from where the chanting comes. Ethiopia was cut off for centuries from the wider Christian world by the Islamic conquests to its north. During that time, its church flourished in isolation, untouched by and ignorant of the theological disputes dividing Europe. That means its traditions provide insight into an older, perhaps purer and certainly more mystical form of Christianity – one that dates back 1,600 years and therefore, in its unaltered forms, bears witness to a liturgy practised only a relatively brief period after the time of Jesus Christ. As a Russian, I come from a country that is part of the Orthodox tradition. Culturally, the Russian Orthodox Church is my church – although little I have seen ever enamoured it to me. One only has to consider its hounding of punk-rock protesters Pussy Riot, or its cosy relationship with the state, or the sense of avarice that seems to emit from it, to realise why. In recent years, reports have emerged that a car repair and tyre service was being run underneath Christ the Saviour, Moscow’s largest Orthodox cathedral, and that a brothel was being run on land rented by Sretensky Monastery. Archpriest Mikhail Grigoriev of Kazan was discovered to own a BMW jeep, a Mercedes jeep and a Mercedes saloon as well as three flats and a country house. He was secretly filmed boasting about his £12,000 mobile phone and love of Italian designer clothes. This year, there have been allegations of sexual assault by Russian Orthodox clergy, with students supposedly plied with alcohol before being abused. The church’s head, Patriarch Kirill, a man who regularly criticises Western commercialism and publicly called feminism “very dangerous”, was even caught out by his own hypocrisy: two years ago, his press team issued a photograph of a meeting in Ukraine in which Kirill’s $30,000 Swiss Breguet watch was airbrushed out. Unfortunately for them, they had overlooked its reflection on a polished table top. Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church appears very different. On the ground, the impression I get is overwhelmingly one of a clergy committed to personal humility. Again and again I meet priests living lives just as humble as their congregations. They are keeping true to the tenet of their faith that they must forgo almost all possessions and dedicate themselves totally to the spiritual life. This, I feel, gives them considerable moral authority.