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Jerusalem Mount of Olives: Ethiopian Christians Celebrate the 5th Sunday of the Great Lent | ደብረ ዘይት

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 19, 2023


የዐቢይ ጾም ፭ተኛ ሳምንት ደብረ ዘይት

የክርስቶስ ዳግም ምጽአት መቼ ነው የሚሆነው?

እንኳን ለደብረዘይት በዓል አደረሰን!

ደብረ ዘይት በግዕዝ ልሣን ደብረዘይት ማለት የወይራ ተራራ ማለት ነው። ቦታው ከኢየሩሳሌም በስተምስራቅ የሚገኝ የወይራ ዛፍ የበዛበት ተራራ ሲሆን ስሙም ከወይራ ዛፉ:-ደብረ ዘይት (የወይራ ዛፍ ተራራ) በመሰኘት ተገኝቷል። በቅድስት ቤተ ክርስቲያናችን ደብረ ዘይት በዓል ሆኖ የሚከበርበት ምክንያት ጌታችን መድኃኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በደብረዘይት ተራራ ላይ ሳለ ለቅዱሳን ደቀመዛሙርቱ ስለ ዓለም ፍጻሜ እና ስለ ዳግም ምጽአቱ ስላስተማራቸዉ በጌታችን ትምህርት መሰረት ነገረ ምጽአቱን (የመምጣቱን ነገር) እንድናስታዉስ ወይም እያሰብን እንድንዘጋጅ ለማድረግ ነዉ።

በዚያ ልማድ መሠረት ጌታችን ዓለምን ለማሳለፍ ደግሞ የሚመጣበትን ምልክትና ጠቋሚ ነገር ምን ምን እንደሆነ፣ እርሱ ከመምጣቱ በፊት በዓለም ላይ ምን፥ ምን እንደሚደረግና ምን እንደሚታይ ለደቀመዛሙርቱ የነገራቸው በደብረ ዘይት ተራራ ላይ ተቀምጦ ነው። (ማቴ. ፳፬፥፩፡፶፩) ስለ ዓለም ሁሉ ቤዛ ለመሆን በሚሰቀልበት ቀን ዋዜማ ማለት በትልቁ ሐሙስ (ጸሎተ ሐሙስ) በለበሰው ሥጋ የጸለየው ከደብረ ዘይት ጋር ተያይዞ በሚገኘው ቦታ በጌተሴማኒ ነበር። (ማቴ. ፳፮፥፴፮) በኃላ ከሙታን ተለይቶ ከተነሣ በኋላም ለደቀመዛሙርቱ እንዲነግሩ ሲልካቸው፥ “ሂዱና ወደ ገሊላ ይቀድማችኋል፥ በዚያም ታዩኛላችሁ ብላችሁ ንገሩአቸው፥” ብሎ የላካቸው በደብረ ዘይት ገሊላ ተብላ ትጠራ ወደ ነበረችው ቦታ ነው። (ማቴ. ፳፰፥፱) ገሊላውያን ወደ ኤየሩሳሌም ሲመጡ በደብረ ዘይት ያርፍ ነበርና እነሱ ሲያርፉባት የነበረችው ቦታ ገሊላ እየተባለች ትጠራ ነበር። መድኃኔዓለም ክርስቶስ የድኅነት ሥራ ፈጽሞ ወደ ሰማይ ያረገው ከዚህ ተራራ ተነሥቶ ነው። (ሐዋ. ፩፥፲፪) ቀደም ብሎም የሆሳእናው የመድኃኔዓለም አስደናቂ ጉዞ የተጀመረው ከደብረ ዘይት ሥር ነበር። (ማቴ. ፳፩፥፩፡፲፮)

ደብረዘይት ምሳሌነቱ ይህች ቤተክርስቲያን ናት፣ ደብረዘይት የኦርቶዶክሳውያን ተራራ፣ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል የሚነገርባት፣ መሠረታዊ ሐይማኖት የምንማርባት፣ ካሕናት የሚሠፍሩባት፣ ምዕመናን የሚገናኙባት፣ እግዚአብሔርን የምንወድ ሁሉ የምንሰባሰብባት አማናዊት ደብረ ዘይት ቤተክርስቲያን ናት።

ትልቁ መሠረተ ልማት የሰው ልጅ ነው፤ ቁሳቁሱን፣ ድንጋይና ድንጋይ፣ አሸዋና ሲሚንቶ ማቀላቀል አይደለም”

ሰውን ከእግዚአብሔር ከሚለየው አጉል ሰላም ይልቅ ከእግዚአብሔር የማይለየው ጦርነት ይሻላል፤ ስሜታዊ ከሆነና ለቤተ ክርስቲያን ዘለቄታዊ ጉዳት ከሚኖረው ስምምነትና አንድነት ይልቅ ስለ ሐይማኖት መጠበቅ ዘለቄታዊ ጠቀሜታ የሚኖረውና ለዚህ ሲባል የሚሆን አለመስማማት ይሻላል፡፡” ቅዱስ ጎርጎርዮስ ዘኑሲስ

🔥 ኢትዮጵያዊቷን የ ‘ደብረዘይት’ ከተማን ‘ቢሸፍቱ’ በማለት እራሳቸውን ከ ፍዬል ሕዝብ 🐐 የመደቡት ከሃዲዎቹና የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚዎቹ ጋላሮሞዎች የትንቢት መፈጸሚያ ይሆናሉ

Debre Zeit (ደብረ ዘይት): the Ge’ez phrase for Mount of Olives is one of the nine minor feast days of the Lord observed halfway in the fifth week of the great lent. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast with special consideration based upon the second coming of Christ, which was announced by our Lord on the Mount of Olives. Biblical verses and the hymn of St.Yared pertinent to our Lord’s second coming are read and sung on this day.

The signs of the end times spoken by our Lord will culminate in final judgment and resurrection of the living and dead, believers and unbelievers, righteous and sinners. It is in the knowledge of this truth of the second coming of Christ that all people must repent, believe and baptize in preparation for the arrival of God’ Kingdom.

The church advises us to be spiritually prepared for judgment at any moment and to put our trust in God that He will make everything right in the end. The final phase of the process of redemption began with the first coming of Jesus and will culminate in the events surrounding His Second Coming. There will be a final judgment of all people, living and dead. There will be a final defeat and destruction of all evil — Satan, sin, suffering and death. The kingdom of God will come to its fulfillment at last.

Signs of the end

Jesus, Himself, said no one would be able to predict exactly the end of the time but He informs that many events will occur before the Second Coming and which will be signs that the end is near. There will be wars, famines, earthquakes, false prophets, persecutions and an increase in wickedness, rebellion against God, worship of demons, idolatry, murders, sorceries, sexual immorality, and thefts. (Matthew 24:3-14; Rev. 9: 20). The Gospel of the kingdom must be preached to all nations for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come. (Matthew 24:14-28).

Resurrection and Final Judgment

Everyone who has ever lived will be brought back to life in some form to face the final judgment along with those still living. When the end time comes, all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth and can be in front of two different Judgment Seats (righteous in the right hand of Jesus and sinners in the left) — those who have done good will be granted eternal life; and those who have done evil, will be condemned to eternal punishment. (Matthew 5:29-30, 25:31-46, Mark 9:43-48 ; John 5:25-29)

While we are still living, or until Jesus comes again, we have every opportunity to repent. We can change our ways from evil to good. But in the end we will all be judged. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. You do not know when that time will come. The event, when it happens, will be swift and unexpected. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. (Mark 13:32-33; Matthew 24:43-44)

Be alert! Be Prepared!

The Mount of Olive (Debre Zeit) የደብረ ዘይት ተራራ(ኢየሩሳሌም)

The Mount of Olive is the highest mountain in the suburbs of Jerusalem, 730 metres over the surface of the Mediterranean, comprising of a mountain range with three peaks; The South peak of the Ascension of Christ, around which all the Christian Shrines of the Mount of Olives are gathered. The North peak (Mount Scopus), on which the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is built. The middle peak with the Augusta Victoria Hospital dedicated to the wife of the German Emperor Wilhelm II. In Hebrew it is called Har-Hazeitim, the Mount of Olives. From the 4th century onwards, the Mount of Olives attracted many Christian pilgrims and monks, resulting to the building of houses of prayer, churches and monasteries on it. A Christian travelling book of the 6th century numbers 24 churches and shrines on the Mount.

During the apostasy era, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught the disciples about judgment day on the mount of olive. In scripted as in the Holy Bible on (Gospel of Matthew 24:1-44) “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation

“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the [c]elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Holy Son

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His [d]elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

So dear brethren! Just as it is foretold by our Lord Himself about the anonymity of His second coming, it is always better to be ready by repentance and avoid any harmful act for we might not have time to cleanse our sin and face our Lord for judgment because He will say to us, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’”

But it shall always be our desire to be called His children and be said, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

May God’s mercy be upon us, Amen!

👉 Source: Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church


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