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የፀረ-ክርስቶሱ ዓለም፡ “ሥርዓተ ጥምቀቱን” ለመንጠቅ፡ የግሪክ ኦርቶዶክስ አባቶችን በማንቋሸሽ ላይ ነው

Posted by addisethiopia on May 14, 2018

በቆጵሮስ ደሴት፡ የግሪክ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤ/ክርስቲያን ተከታዮች፡ ልጆቻቸውን በጠበቀ መንፈሳዊ ሥነስርዓት ያጠምቃሉ። በዚህ መልክ ለሁለት ሺህ ዓመታት ያህል ያጠመቋቸው ህፃናት ያው ስንቱን መከራና ስቃይ አልፈው የዛሬው ዘመን ላይ ደርሰዋል።

የጥምቀትን ጥቅም ያውቃሉ፤ ጥምቀት የማትደገም፣ የማትከለስ አንዲት ናትና። ብርሃነ ዓለም ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ ልጅነትን የምናገኝባት ጥምቀት የማትደገምና የማትከለስ አንዲት ብቻ መሆንዋን ሲያስተምር ‹‹አንድ ጌታ አንድ ሃይማኖት አንዲት ጥምቀት…አለ›› ብሏል (ኤፌ.÷)። ሃይማኖታቸው የቀና 318ቱ ሊቃውንትም ‹‹ኃጢአትን በምታስተሠርይ በአንዲት ጥምቀት እናምናለን፡፡››ብለው አስተምረዋል።

አሁን በሜዲያና በማህበረሰባዊ ድኽረ ገጾች ላይ፡ ሥርዓተ ጥምቀቱን በማጥላላት፡ “ተመለከቱ! ኦርቶዶክሶች ሕፃናትን በሚረብሽ መልክ ያጠምቃሉ” እያሉ የአውሬው ደቀመዛምርት በመለፈፍ ላይ ይገኛሉ። በዚህ ዘመን የምንጠብቀውና፡ ከፀረክርስቶሱ ወታደሮች ጋር የመፋለሚያ መስኮቹ ከሆኑት አንዱ አንዱ ሥርዓተ ጥምቀት ነው። በአንድ በኩል ለሰው ልጅ አሳቢዎችና ተቆርቋሪዎች ሆነው ለመታየት ይሻሉ፤ በሌላ በኩል ግን ለልጆቻቸው ሥርዓተ ጥምቀትን በመንፈግ፣ ብሎም ጥሩውን ከመጥፎ ሳይለዩ ያለ እመንት እንዲያድጉ በማድረግ የሚሠሩት ተወዳዳሪ የሌለው ኃጢአትና ግፍ በጭራሽ አይታያቸውም። እንዲያውም ቀዳዳ እየፈለጉ ክርስትናን ማጥቃት ይመርጣሉ።

በተለይ የእንግሊዙ DailyMail ጋዜጣ በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ ቅሌታም የሆነ ጽሑፍ ይዞ ወጥቷል፤ እጅግ በጣም ብዙ አንባቢዎችም ዘግበዋል፤ 95 % የሚሆነው ከአውሬው አፍ የወጣ ነው። (https://addisabram.wordpress.com/ )

የሚገርመው፡ የእንግሊዟ ንግሥት ኤልሳቤጥ ባለቤት፡ ልዑል ፊሊፕ በግሪክ ተወልደው አድገዋል፤ በግሪክ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤ/ክርስቲያን የተጠመቁና አጥባቂ ኦርቶዶክስ ክርስቲያን እንደሆኑም ይነገርላቸዋል።

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የምሥራች! የምሥራች | ቅዱስ ፊሊጶስ ኢትዮጵያዊውን ጃንደረባ/ በጅሮንድን ያጠመቀበት ገንዳ ተገኘ

Posted by addisethiopia on February 2, 2018

ይህ እጅግ በጣም ትልቅ ግኝት ነው፤ እልልል! እንበል ወገኖች፤ በጥምቀት ማግስት ይህን መሰል ዜና!!!

በባይዛንታይን ዘመን የተሠሩ መጠመቂያ ገንዳዎች እና ፏፏቴ በእስራኤል ውስጥ ተገኝተዋል

ሚስጥራዊ አርኪኦሎጂስቶች የ 1,500 አመት እድሜ ያላቸው የውኃ ማጠራቀሚያዎች እና በጥንታዊው የክርስትና ቦታ ምስሎች ያጌጡ ድንቅየፏፏቴ ኮረብታዎች አግኝተዋል።

በኢየሩሳሌም የሚገኙ አርኪኦሎጂስቶች የክርስትና እምነት እጅግ ታዋቂ ከሆኑት ባሕረ ጥምቀቶች መካከል አንዱ የሆነውን የ 1,500 ዓመታት የውኃ ገንዳ እና የፏፏቴ ውኃ አግኝተዋል

የውኃ ማጠራቀሚያው በአዲስ ኪዳን ውስጥ የተገለጸ ቁልፍ ታሪክ ሆኖ ያገለግል የነበረ ሲሆን ሐዋርያው ፊሊፖስ ኢትዮጵያዊን ጃንደረባ/ በጅሮንድን ያጠመቀበት ገንዳ ነው።

ቦራውና ቅርጻ ቅርጾ የሚገኙት በኢየሩሳሌም ኢንያን ሐና አውራጃ ነው፣ ይህም በይሁዳ ኮረብታዎች ሁለተኛውን ደረጃ የያዘ ነው።

ኢንያን ሐና አካባቢ በአይሁድ ባህል አቅራቢያ በአይሁድ መሐንዲሶች ተገኝተዋል.

ውሃው ገንዳ ለመስኖ ለእጥበት ለመሬት ገጽታ ወይም ምናልባትም ጥምቀት ሥነ ሥርዓቶች ያገለግል ነበር።

አርኪኦሎጂስቶች በ 2012 . እስከ 2016 . ድረስ ቦታውን በቁፋሮ ያገኙት ሲሆን፤ ግን በዚህ ሳምንት መጀመሪያ ላይ ላይ ነው ለሕዝብ ይፋ ሊሆን የበቃው።

አዳዲሶቹ ገንዳዎች ከክርስቶስ ልደት በኋላ ከ4ኛው እስከ 6ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን ባሉት ጊዚያት የተገነቡ ናቸው።

ይህ በባይዛንታይን ዘመን የተገነባው ገንዳ በተለያዩ ምስሎች ሸበረቀ ድንቅፏፏቴ ወደ ማጠራቀሚያ ጣቢያዎች ይጓታል::

የውኃ ማጠራቀሚያ በኢየሩሳሌም ውስጥ ውስጥ የመጀመሪያው እንደሆነ የሳይንስ ሊቃውን ይናገራሉ

ሳይንቲስቶቹ እንደገለጹት, ይህ ገንዳ 3000 ዓመታት በፊት፣ በመጀመሪያው የቤተ መቅደ ዘመን የተገነባ የንጉሳዊ ቤተሰብ ንብረት ሊሆን እንደሚችል ይገምታሉ።

ሳይንቲስቶች እንደገለጹት ኢንያን ሐና በሚገኘው ፏፏቴ ውስጥ የኒምፍ ምስሎች የተቀረጹ ሲሆን በኢየሩሳሌም ውስጥ የመጀመሪያው ዓይነትመሆኑ ነው።

የእስራኤላውያን ቅርሶች ባለሥልጣን በኢንያን ሐና አካባቢ በይሁዳ ቅጥር ግቢ ውስጥ አንድ ምንጭ እና ጥንታዊ ኩሬዎችን አግኝቷል ከኢየሩሳሌም ብዙ የማይርቀው የረፋይም ሸለቆ ብሔራዊ ፓርክ አካል ነው

በቦታው ላይ የተገኘ የ 2,400 ዓመታት እድሜ ያለው ዓምድ ግቢው የንጉሣዊ ንብረት እንደነበር ያመለክታል

ገንዳው በአንድ ወቅት ሰፊ በነበረው ግቢ ውስጥ የነበረውን አንድ ቤተ ክርስቲያን እንደ ጥምቀተ ባሕር ያገለግል ነበር።

ባለሙያዎቹ ቦታውን እንደገና ወደ ቀድሞ ሁኔታው እንዲመለሱ ለማድረግ በመቻላቸው ፏፏቴው በሥራ ላይ ነው

ገንዳው ወይም ጥምቀተ ባሕሩ በጣም አስገራሚ የሆነ ግኝት ሊሆን እንደሚችል ተገልጿል።

ኢንያን ሐና ቅዱስ ፊሊፖስ ኢትዮጵያዊ ጃንደረባ/ በጅሮንድን ያጠመቀበት ቦታ ነው ተብሎ በሰፊው ይታመናልይህም የኢትዮጵያን ቤተ ክርስቲያን ጅማሬ ያመለክታል

ኢትዮጵያዊው ጃንደረባ/ በጅሮንድ መጠመቂያ ገንዳ መሆኑ ከተረጋገጠ ይህ ቦታ ክርስትናን በማሰራጨቱ ረገድ ዘንድ ቁልፍ ሚና ከተጫወቱት ድርጊቶች መካከል አንዱ ይሆናል

የኢየሩሳሌም አውራጃ አርኪዎሎጂ ባለሞያ የሆኑት ዩቫርስ ባሮክ እንደገለጹት የተገኙበትን ቦታ ለይቶ ማወቅ በርካታ ትውልዶችን መስዋዕት የጠየቀና፡ በክርስቲያናዊ ሥነ ጥበብ በኩልም የተለመደ ነገር ለመሆን መብቃቱንም ተናግረዋል ።

ከኩሬው እና ከፏፏቴው በተጨማሪ የሳይንስ ሊቃውንት በቦታው ላይ የተለያዩ እንቁራሪቶችን አግኝተዋል የሸክላ የብርጭቆ የጣራ ግድግዳዎችን፣ ሳንቲሞችን እና በርካታ ቀለም ያላቸው ቅርፊቶች አግኝተዋል። በበርካታ ቀለማት የተሰሩ ጥንታዊ ቅርጻ ቅርጾችን ጨምሮ ያልተለመዱ ትናንሽ መጫወቻዎችንም አግኝተዋል።

የሳይንስ ሊቃውን ግሪክ ገንዘብ ድራክማዎችንም አግኝተዋል።

እነዚህ ነገሮች ቦታው ከክርስቶስ ልደት በፊት በ 4 ኛው እና 6 ኛ ክፍለ ዘመን በደንብ ይንቀሳቀስ እንደነበር የሳይንስ ሊቃውንቱ አውስተዋል።

[የኢንያን ሐና] አሁንም ድረስ ክርስቲያኖችን ያገለግላል፤ በተለይ የአርሜኒያ እና የኢትዮጵያ ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናት የሃይማኖታዊ ሥነ ሥርዓቶችን በዚህ ቦታ ማከናወናቸው ያለምክኒያት አለመሆኑን እስራኤላዊው ዩቫል ባሮክ በተጨማሪ ጠቁመዋል።

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የሐዋርያት ሥራ ምዕራፍ ፰፥፳፮፡፵

፳፮ የጌታም መልአክ ፊልጶስን። ተነሥተህ በደቡብ በኩል ከኢየሩሳሌም ወደ ጋዛ ወደሚያወርደው ምድረ በዳ ወደ ሆነ መንገድ ሂድ አለው።

፳፯ ተነሥቶም ሄደ። እነሆም፥ ህንደኬ የተባለች የኢትዮጵያ ንግሥት አዛዥና ጃንደረባ የነበረ በገንዘብዋም ሁሉ የሠለጠነ አንድ የኢትዮጵያ ሰው ሊሰግድ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም መጥቶ ነበር፤

፳፰ ሲመለስም በሰረገላ ተቀምጦ የነቢዩን የኢሳይያስን መጽሐፍ ያነብ ነበር።

፳፱ መንፈስም ፊልጶስን። ወደዚህ ሰረገላ ቅረብና ተገናኝ አለው።

ፊልጶስም ሮጦ የነቢዩን የኢሳይያስን መጽሐፍ ሲያነብ ሰማና። በውኑ የምታነበውን ታስተውለዋለህን? አለው።

፴፩ እርሱም። የሚመራኝ ሳይኖር ይህ እንዴት ይቻለኛል? አለው። ወጥቶም ከእርሱ ጋር ይቀመጥ ዘንድ ፊልጶስን ለመነው።

፴፪ ያነበውም የነበረ የመጽሐፉ ክፍል ይህ ነበረ፤ እንደ በግ ወደ መታረድ ተነዳ፥ የበግ ጠቦትም በሸላቹ ፊት ዝም እንደሚል፥ እንዲሁ አፉን አልከፈተም።

፴፫ በውርደቱ ፍርዱ ተወገደ፤ ሕይወቱ ከምድር ተወግዳለችና ትውልዱንስ ማን ይናገራል?

፴፬ ጃንደረባውም ለፊልጶስ መልሶ። እባክህ፥ ነቢዩ ይህን ስለ ማን ይናገራል? ስለ ራሱ ነውን ወይስ ስለ ሌላ? አለው።

፴፭ ፊልጶስም አፉን ከፈተ፥ ከዚህም መጽሐፍ ጀምሮ ስለ ኢየሱስ ወንጌልን ሰበከለት።

፴፮ በመንገድም ሲሄዱ ወደ ውኃ ደረሱ፤ ጃንደረባውም። እነሆ ውኃ፤ እንዳልጠመቅ የሚከለክለኝ ምንድር ነው? አለው።

፴፯ ፊልጶስም። በፍጹም ልብህ ብታምን፥ ተፈቅዶአል አለው። መልሶም። ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ እንደ ሆነ አምናለሁ አለ።

፴፰ ሰረገላውም ይቆም ዘንድ አዘዘ፥ ፊልጶስና ጃንደረባው ሁለቱም ወደ ውኃ ወረዱ፥ አጠመቀውም።

፴፱ ከውኃውም ከወጡ በኋላ የጌታ መንፈስ ፊልጶስን ነጠቀው፤ ጃንደረባውም ሁለተኛ አላየውም፥ ደስ ብሎት መንገዱን ይሄድ ነበርና።

ፊልጶስ ግን በአዛጦን ተገኘ፥ ወደ ቂሣርያም እስኪመጣ ድረስ እየዞረ በከተማዎች ሁሉ ወንጌልን ይሰብክ ነበር።

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ምሥጢረ ጥምቀት – ጥምቀት አንዲት ናት

Posted by addisethiopia on January 18, 2018

ጥምቀት የማትደገም፣ የማትከለስ አንዲት ናት፡፡ብርሃነ ዓለም ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ ልጅነትን የምናገኝባት ጥምቀት የማትደገምና የማትከለስ አንዲት ብቻ መሆንዋን ሲያስተምር ‹‹አንድ ጌታ አንድ ሃይማኖት አንዲት ጥምቀት…አለ›› ብሏል (ኤፌ.4÷5)፡፡ ሃይማኖታቸው የቀና 318ቱ ሊቃውንትም ‹‹ኃጢአትን በምታስተሠርይ በአንዲት ጥምቀት እናምናለን፡፡››

ብለው አስተምረዋል፡፡ በዚህ የተነሣ ኣርቶዶክሳዊት ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን አንድ ጊዜ ያጠመቀችውን ድጋሚ አታጠምቅም፡፡ ነገር ግን አማናዊቷን ጥምቀት ቀድሞም አልፈጸሙምና ከቤተ ክርስቲያናችን ውጪ በሌላ በማናቸውም ሁኔታ ‹‹ተጠምቀን ነበር›› የሚሉትን ወደ ቤተ ክርስቲያናችን ሲቀርቡ በሥርዓቷ መሠረት አስተምራ አሳምና ታጠምቃቸዋለች፡፡

በሌላ መልኩ ደግሞ ቀድሞ በኦርቶዶክሳዊት ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያናችን ተጠምቆ ኋላ ግን ወደ ሌላ እምነት ቢገባ ተናዞ (ንስሐ ገብቶ) በማየ ጸሎት (መጽሐፈ ቄደር ተደግሞለት) ይረጫል እንጂ ድጋሚ አይጠመቅም፡፡ ቄደር የንስሐ እጽበት ነው፡፡ ያደፈ ልብስ እንደሚታጠብ ሁሉ ይህም ሰው ንጽሕት እምነቱን አሳድፏልና ከኃጢአቱ ለመታጠቡ ምልክት ይሆን ዘንድ በማየ ጸሎት ይታጠባል፡፡

ጥምቀት የማይደገምበት ምክንያት

. ጥምቀት ከእግዚአብሔር ዳግም የምንወለድበት ምሥጢር ነው፡፡

የሥጋን ልደት ስንመለከት ሰው ከእናቱ ማኀፀን የሚወጣው (የሚወለደው) አንድ ጊዜ ብቻ ነው፡፡ እንዲሁም እግዚአብሔርም በእውነት አንድ ጊዜ ወልዶናል፡፡ ስለዚህ አንድ ጊዜ ብቻ እንጠመቃለን፡፡

. ጥምቀት ከጌታ ሞትና ትንሣኤ ተሳታፊ የምንሆንበት ምሥጢር ነው፡፡

‹‹በጥምቀትም ከእርሱ ጋር ተቀብራችሁ በጥምቀትም ደግሞ ከሙታን ባስነሣው በእግዚአብሔር አሠራር በማመናችሁ ከእርሱ ጋር ተነሣችሁ›› (ቈላ.2÷12)፡፡ ጌታ የሞተውና የተነሣው አንድ ጊዜ ብቻ ነው፡፡ እንዲሁም እኛ ከእርሱ ጋር የምንቀበረውና የምነሣው አንድ ጊዜ ብቻ ነው፡፡

ለምን በውኃ እንጠመቃለን

  1. ጌታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የተጠመቀው በውኃ ነው እኛም እርሱን አብነት በማድረግ በውኃ ልንጠመቅ ይገባናል (ማቴ.3÷13-16)፡፡
  2. ጌታችን ለኒቆዲሞስ ‹‹እውነት እውነት እልሃለሁ ሰው ከውኃና ከመንፈስ ካልተወለደ በቀር ወደ እግዚአብሔር መንግሥት ሊገባ አይችልም›› ስላለ እኛም የጌታን ትእዛዝ ለመፈጸም በውኃ እንጠመቃለን (ዮሐ.3÷5)፡፡
  3. ሐዋርያት ከጌታ በተማሩት መሠረት ያጠመቁት በውኃ ነው፡፡ ጴጥሮስም መልሶ ‹‹እነዚህ እንደ እኛ ደግሞ መንፈስ ቅዱስን የተቀበሉ እንዳይጠመቁ ውኃን ይከለክላቸው ዘንድ የሚችል ማን ነው? አለ›› (የሐዋ.10÷4647)፡፡ ፊልጶስና ጃንደረባው ሁለቱም ወደ ውኃ ወረዱ አጠመቃቸውም (የሐዋ.8÷28)፡፡
  4. ውኃ የሰውነትን እድፍ እንደሚያጠራ ሁሉ እንዲሁም ጥምቀት የነፍስን እድፍ ያስወግዳል ያነጻል፡፡
  5. ውኃ መልክን ያሳያል እኛም በውኃ በመጠመቅ የሥላሴን ምሥጢር በዓይነ ኅሊናችን እናያለን፡፡
  6. በጥንተ ፍጥረት መንፈስ እግዚአብሔር በውኃ ላይ ረብቦ እንደነብር መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ እንዲህ ሲል ይገልጻል፡– ‹‹የእግዚአብሔርም መንፈስ በውኃ ላይ ሰፍፎ ነበር›› (ዘፍ.1÷2)፡፡ እንዲሁም በውኃ፣ በሕይወትና በመንፈስ ያለውን ግንኚነት ማስተዋል ይገባል፡፡ ልዑለ ባሕርይ ጌታ በነቢዩ በኤርምያስ አንደበት እንዲህ ሲል ተናግራል ‹‹ሕዝቤ ሁለቱን ክፉ ነገሮች አድርገዋልና እኔን የሕያውን ውኃ ምንጭ ትተውኛል…›› (ኤር.7÷13)፡፡

    ጌታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በመዋዕለ ትምህርቱ በእኔ የሚያምን መጽሐፍ እንዳለ የሕይወት ውኃ ወንዝ ከሆዱ ይፈልቃል ብሎ አስተምሯል (ዮሐ.7÷39)፡፡ ለሳምራዊቷ ሴትም ‹‹እኔ ከምሰጠው ውኃ የሚጠጣ ሁሉ ግን ለዘላለም አይጠማም፡፡ እኔ የምሰጠው ውኃ በእርሱ ውስጥ ለዘላለም ሕይወት የሚፈልቅ የውኃ ምንጭ ይሆናል እንጂ አላት›› (ዮሐ.4÷14)፡፡

    ከላይ በተገለጸው መሠረት ውኃ የሕይወት ምልክት ነው፡፡ በተለያዩ የመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ክፍሎች እንደምናነበው ውኃ ለሰማያዊው መንግሥት፣ ለዘላለም ሕይወት ምሳሌ ሆኖ ተገልጿል፡፡ ‹‹እርሱም በውኃ ፈሳሾች ዳር አንደተተከለች ፍሬዋን በየጊዜው እንደምትሰጥ ቅጠልዋም እንደማይረግፍ ዛፍ ይሆናል›› (መዝ. 1÷3) እና የመሳሰሉትን ሁሉ እናገኛለን (ራእይ.2÷1622÷122÷17)፡፡እንግዲህ ውኃ ከክፉ ኀሊና ለመንጻታችንና ለመቀደሳችን ማረጋገጫ መሆኑን ሐዋርያው ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ እንዲህ ሲል አስተምሯል፡– ‹‹ከክፉ ሕሊና ለመነጻት ልባችንን ተረጭተን፣ ሰውነታችንንም በጥሩ ውኃ ታጥበን፣ በተረዳንበት እምነት በቅን ልብ እንቅረብ›› (ዕብ.10÷22)፡፡

  7. ለንጊኖስ የተባለው ሐራዊ (ወታደር) የጌታን ቀኝ ጎን በጦር በወጋው ጊዜ ትኩስ ደምና ውኃ ባንድነት ፈሷል (ዮሐ. 19÷34)፡፡ ደሙ ለመጠጣችን፣ ውኃው ለጥምቀታችን መሆኑን ሲያጠይቅ ነው፡፡ ይህንንም ፍቁረ እግዚእ ዮሐንስ እንዲህ ሲል ገልጾታል ‹‹በውኃና በደም የመጣ ይህ ነው፡፡ እርሱም ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በውኃና በደሙ እንጂ በውኃው ብቻ አይደለም፡፡… የሚመሰክሩት መንፈሱና ውኃው ደሙም እንጂ በውኃው ብቻ አይደለም፡፡… የሚመሰክሩተ መንፈሱና ውኃው ደሙም ሦስት ናቸውና፡፡ ሦስቱም በአንድ ይስማማሉ›› (1ዮሐ.5÷6-8)፡፡
  8. ውኃ በሁሉም ቤት ይገኛል፡፡ በሀብታሙም በድኃውም ጥምቀትም ላመነ ሁሉ የተፈቀደ መሆኑን ለማጠየቅ በውኃ ሆኗል፡፡ ስለዚህም በውኃ ብቻ እንጠመቃለን፡፡ ሥርዓተ ጥምቀቱን የሚፈጽመው ካህን አሐዱ አብ ቅዱስ፣ አሐዱ ወልድ ቅዱስ፣ አሐዱ ውእቱ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ብሎ በእግዚአብሔር ቃል ሲባርከው ውኃው ተለውጦ በዕለተ ዓርብ ከጌታችን ቀኝ ጐን የፈሰሰውን ውኃ ይሆናል፡፡

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Timket Festival 2016

Posted by addisethiopia on January 20, 2016

Where: Addis Ababa, Gondar, Lalibela Ethiopia

Timket is a religious festival celebrated with much zeal in Addis Ababa, Gondar, and Lalibela in Ethiopia. It is also spelled as Timkat or Timqat. The festival is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany and venerates Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan. Although the festival is observed by orthodox Christians all over the world, in Ethiopia it takes on a special significance as it is the most colourful event of the year in the country. The most relevant symbol of the festival is colourful embroidered umbrellas that protect the sacred Tabot and the priests carrying the Tabot.

Timket Festival Celebrations

Timket festival is celebrated to commemorate the divine ritual of the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. The celebrations start from the eve of the festival which is on 18th January at 2 pm local time with traditional horns that herald the celebrations with colourful processions and ceremonies. The main ceremony commences with the priest solemnly carrying the Tabot which is a model of the Ark of the Covenant, reverently wrapped in rich silk cloth to the nearby stream at around 2am on 19th January. The Tabot is a representation of Jesus as the Messiah when he came to the Jordan River for baptism. The Holy Ark is immersed in the water by one priest whilst the other chants some prayers. Once the Ark is baptised, the priest then blesses the water body and sprinkles some of the blessed water on the devotees. Thereafter the Holy Ark is carried back to its church amidst lots of chanting, music, and dancing.

Tips for Timket Festival

Travellers can enjoy the festivities of Timket Festival at Addis Ababa, Gondar, or Lalibela.

Although the festival is celebrated at Addis Ababa, Lalibela, and Gondar in Ethiopia and each one has its own charm, the festivities at Addis Ababa are tourist friendly as Addis Ababa offers variety of facilities to tourists.

Pilgrims need to be careful of touts and pickpockets and not carry any valuable items with them while attending the festivities.

If you are attending the festivities in Gondar do make sure to visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie renowned for its finest art in Ethiopia.

Downtown Gondar with its Italian-inspired architecture, shops, and eating joints, is another interesting place you can explore once the festivities are over.

If you happen to be in Addis Ababa then you can shop for traditional crafts or catch some art shows or visit various museums in the city.

Since it is cold in January it is advisable to bring some woollens along with you.

Source

The Sacrament of Baptism in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

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A baby boy is baptized 40 days after he is born. A baby girl is baptized 80 days after birth. If a baby is sick and may die baptism takes place immediately.

Babies are anointed with oil to “undo the works of devils and their magic,and so become an anointing for faith in Christ.”

Babies are baptized naked because, “undressing the child reminds us of the nakedness of Adam and Eve when they obeyed satan and disobeyed the commandment of God, so they were put to shame before Him and hid from Him when they realized their nakedness. Such is what sin and satan do to human beings, they strip them from all virtues and the protection of grace, and hence put them to shame before others.”

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Water = Live ፤ ውሃ = ህይወት

Posted by addisethiopia on September 7, 2015

I found the following two interesting thoughts / stories in my mailbox…

WaterLifeBefore I get in to this, I am not saying this is what I believe! This is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Im just looking for your thoughts and opinions. That and to provoke some thought outside of all the DOOM on here. So here goes.

Water is the most abundant molecule in the universe and it is also the most abundant solid substance in space. Water molecules are everywhere. Water is the life-giver in our physical world. By definition God is the Life-giver. Water exists in three forms gas, liquid, and solid. God is described as the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Water is the only substance on this earth that can exist in three forms simultaneously. So think of the Father as being equivalent to water vapor. It is everywhere but remains unseen. Both rain and ice are created from this invisible form of water. God the father, is also everywhere and remains unseen. God created the Son and Spirit? Jesus, the son would be compared to ice. Which would be the solid form of water. Jesus, whom spent time on earth and was seen by many. He was referred to as the Rock, something solid.

Now, The Holy Spirit would be equal to water. The Holy Spirit is said to live in all living creatures. The Holy Spirit is sent from the Heaven to do His work on earth. Water is sent from the clouds to rain down on the earth. To cleanse and to nourish. The Holy Spirit is used to baptize and wash our souls while water is used to wash our bodies. To cleanse or to make new.

Water is the only substance to expand when it gets colder which in turn makes it float, Rise up. If ice did not float life would not be possible, at least as life appears today. So the Bible says that Jesus rose from his tomb so we could have eternal life, spiritual life! Ice also preserves or saves things. In Jesus Christ, we are saved from our sin.

Water that is evaporated, also rises. Water on earth is full of dirt and debris. As it rises it is freed of the things that bog it down or that makes it un pure. As it is said we also would be freed from our earthly restraints, dirt. As we rise into the heavens to be with God.

In GE 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Here it almost sounds like that there was only water to begin with. Here at least it doesn’t say God created water. at least during the 6 days. So is water God?

There many who believe that water has memory. Masaru Emoto was a Japanese author and entrepreneur, who claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Emoto’s early work explored his theory that water could react to positive thoughts and words, and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer and positive visualization. This can be looked up on youtube, “water has memory”. Very Interesting on its own.

That being said, think of the oceans and the sea as a big memory bank where all the information of the world is stored and processed. Where every thought, image, and the blue print to everything ever in existence is keep. Now if this is true and God knows everything, is this how our thoughts and prayers are transported, By water vapor up to the sky to the white clouds, to God.

As babies we are around 78 to 84 percent water. This is higher than in an adult body which has 57 to 60 percent water. God said we were made in his image. As we get order and more corrupt and beat down by the world, is this the reason why we lose such a large amount of water in our bodies. It is also said that God is in every living thing. Is this by water. Humans have always wondered where our souls are located. What if our souls are made of water. When we die our bodies dry up and turn to dust. The water evaporates and everything else stays on the earth.

Demonic Manifestations At Abortion Mills Increase

ExorcismEthiopiaAlthough we’ve heard much in the news recently of the evils of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry in general, most people rarely give a thought to that one little word―evil―and how evil acts commited in one place “collect” and “build up” over time.  But this is exactly what has been happening increasingly, causing a rip in our material existence and forcing the supernatural to become visible.

The following incidents are, I believe, a warning to humanity.  As society breaks down, as more and more are calling evil good, and good evil, we will see more of these manifestations; proving that the veil between our world and eternity is thinning.  Beware.  The war waged for men’s souls since the beginning of time is going nuclear because “the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.”  (Revelation 12:12)

Our first account is from Patrice Dietz (SpiritDaily.com), whose habit each Wednesday is to pray before the Red River Women’s Clinic in downtown Fargo, North Dakota with other faithful pro-lifers. Abortions there usually end the lives of twenty to twenty-five babies per day.

On that day, “the usual young woman escort was stationed there as well, in her low-cut dress and neon green vest, ready to snatch the scared and often uncertain young women that come in for abortions. She had her earbuds in place and was singing cheerfully to some tune or other in an effort to drown out the Hail Marys of our Rosaries.

After a few minutes we noticed the clinic manager and several of the clinic workers walked by us, dressed in medical scrubs with covered coffee cups, ready to carry out their grisly work in the upstairs offices of the mill. Then a local priest showed up and began sprinkling us and the sidewalk and the building with Holy Water. He led us in prayer of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet, over and over, calling on the Precious Blood of Jesus to end the scourge of abortion.”

Patrice states that directly across the street from them, a woman was pacing back and forth talking on her cell phone and staring at the abortion mill. She finally turned around and walked back to her car and Patrice felt the prayers were working. But after a few more minutes of intense prayer, strange events began to happen.

The abortion clinic manager came flying out the door and stopped directly in front of the priest, who by this time was kneeling on the sidewalk. She screamed, ‘What is going on out here?’ Evidently business wasn’t all that good today. Then she aimed her cell phone at the priest, taking a close-up picture that was meant to intimidate him. He hardly looked up. This was just too much for her to take and she turned around and stormed back into the building.

In Patrice’s own words, “After a few more minutes and some frantic texting by the mill escort, a young woman on her bike showed up. She handed the escort a Starbucks coffee and proceeded to get something round and shiny out of her pocket. She held it up in front of the priest’s face and chanted something strange, stood there for a while, laughed, and got back on her bike and left. We stood there not knowing what to think and father told us that she had just tried to cast a spell on him. We resumed our prayer. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a new arrival. He got off his bike just far enough to let his feet down and begin honking a red rubber ball- horn on his bike. I remember his face well. It looked very clown-like and he had huge grin on his face and delight in his eyes. I had to laugh, he looked so ridiculous. Father also laughed, although there was nothing at all funny about it. Father said he was just trying to distract us from our prayers.

Undisturbed by all this, father’s prayers became more and more intense as he continued to call down the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Then suddenly the lady next to me and I heard a deep growl that seemed to come out of the abortion clinic near our feet. We both looked down and said nothing, knowing what we had heard. Neither of us were afraid as we knew Our Lord was there protecting us. That day I knew that Satan cannot stand the Precious Blood!

And that day a precious baby was most likely saved! The next week, before the abortion mill opened, four priests were on each corner of the block of the Red River Abortion Clinic saying prayers of exorcism. Praise be to God!”

Our next article comes to us from courageouspriest.com. According to tradition, typical demonic responses during exorcism include foul language, references to sexual perversion, deceit, and profuse blasphemy. Similarly, prayers for exorcism outside the Northern Illinois Women’s Center abortuary in Rockford have provoked just such a reaction from pro-abortion workers and activists within.

Their revulsion for anything as holy as a Catholic priest is evident in their bizarre window displays, a few of which reportedly include a nun in a coffin, a rubber chicken hanging from a noose, and a picture of Jesus flipping the bird that says, “Even Jesus Hates You.”

The Rockford mill hates and attacks the priests outside so viciously because they, and priests and pro-life workers like them all over the country, have saved countless lives and souls.

When they first began their vigils, it was reported that the pro-life sidewalk counselors in Rockford noticed an immediate, dramatic decline in the numbers of mothers who go there for abortions, a distinct rise in the numbers of mothers who choose life outside the mill, and the correlation of these changes with the beginning of the displays of blasphemy from inside.

The response at this abortuary has been particularly virulent, but priests are praying outside them all over the country through Priests for Life, in which priests and parishes are paired with specific abortuaries.

Our last case involves Bob Cranmer’s home in Pittsburgh that used to be an abortuary. His book is called The Demon Of Brownsville Road and highlights can be found in the video below.

Millions Upon Millions Of People Are Being Possessed By Demons. Its Getting So Bad That The Vatican Is Hiring More Exorcists

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የጥምቀት ጸጋ እና በረከት

Posted by addisethiopia on January 18, 2015

በኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የጥምቀት በዓል ከዓበይት በዓላት አንዱ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የጥምቀትን በዓል የምታስበውና የምታከብረው በከፍተኛ መንፈሳዊ ሥርዐት ነው፡፡ ጌታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በፈለገ ዮርዳኖስ በዕደ ዮሐንስ የተጠመቀበትን ዕለት ከሃይማኖታዊ ታሪኩና መንፈሳዊ ምስጢሩ አንጻር በማመልከት ጌታችን በዮሐንስ እጅ ሊጠመቅ ዮሐንስ ጌታን ሊያጠምቅ ወደ ዮርዳኖስ እንደ ወረዱ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ታቦቷን ከመንበሯ አውጥታ ወደ ውኃ ምንጮች (ወንዞች)በመሄድ በልዩ መንፈሳዊ ሥርዐት ታከብረዋለች፡፡

ሕዝበ ክርስቲያኑም ‹‹የአምላካችሁን የእግዚብሔርን ቃል ኪዳን ታቦት እና ሌዋውያን ካህናት ተሸክመውት ባያችሁ ጊዜ ከሰፈራችሁ ተነስታችሁ ተከተሉት››ኢያሱ 33 እንዳለ ነቢዩ ከታቦታቱ ጋር በየአካባቢያቸው አብረው በመውጣት ለዓለም መድኃኒት ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ያላቸውን እምነት፣ፍቅር እና አክብሮት እየገለጡ በዓሉን በደማቅ ሥነ ስርዓት ያከብራሉ፡፡

ኢትዮጵያዉ ጃንደረባ “እነሆ ውኃ እንዳልጠመቅ የሚከለክለኝ ምንድን ነው” የሐዋ.ስራ 837 እንዳለ ሁሉም ሰው በዚህ ዕለት ይጠመቃል፡ይረጫጫል፡፡ ጥምቀት፤ ሰማይ የተከፈተበት ፣የአብ ምስክርነት የተሰማበት ፣መንፈስ ቅዱስ በርግብ አምሳል የተገለጠበት፣የእዳ ደብዳቤያችን ተደምስሶ የጸጋ ልጅነታችን የተመለሰበት፣ተራሮች እንደ ኮርማወች፣ኮረብቶች እንደ ጠቦቶች የዘለሉበት በመሆኑ ታላቅ ክብር አለው፡፡

የጥመቅት በዓል በጎንደር

ወደ ጥምቀተ ባሕሩ የሚወርዱ ታቦታት

  1. ቀሃ ኢየሱስ 5. እልፍኝ ጊዮርጊስ
  2. ቅዱስ ፋሲለደስ 6. አጣጣሚ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል
  3. መጥምቁ ዮሐንስ 7.ፊት ሚካኤል
  4. //መድኃኒዓለም 8. አባጃሌ ተክለ ሃይማኖት
  • በዓታ ለማርያም
  • ልደታ ለማርያም

ደግሞ ከፀበል ቦታቸው ወርደው ይገባሉ፡፡ በተጨማሪም

  • አቡነ ሐራ ድንግል ወሩፋኤል

ደግሞ ከቅጽሩ ተከብሮ ዙሮ ይገባል፡፡

አዘዞ ላይ ደግሞ

  • አባ ሳሙኤል
  • አዘዞ ደብረ ገነት ቅዱስ ሚካኤል
  • አዘዞ ተክለ ሃይማኖት
  • አይራ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል

ይወርዳሉ፡፡

በአንድ ወቅት የቀድሞው የኢትዮጵያ ፕሬዘዳንት ክቡር ግርማ ወልደ ጊዮርጊስ ስለ ጎንደር ጥምቀት በዓል አከባበር እንዲህ ብለው ነበር “ጥምቀትን በጎንደር መታደም መባረክ ነው ” ፕሬዘዳንቱ እንዳሉት በአርባ አራቱ ታቦታት መናኽሪያ በሆነችው በጎንደር ከልጅነት እስከ እውቀት የሚታወቀው ታላቅ ህዝባዊ በዓል ቢኖር የጥምቀት በዓል ነው፡፡የጎንደር አባቶችና እናቶች ባማረ የባህል ልብሶቻቸው ተውበው እና ደምቀው ጎንደርና ጥምቀትን ያደምቋታል።

አባቶች ጥንግ ድርብ እና አልፎ አልፎም ቀደምቱን የአማራ በርኖስ የባህል ልብሳቸውን ለብሰው ጥምቀትን ደምቀው ሲያደምቁት የቀረው ነዋሪም ለጥምቀት ያልሆነ ልብስ ይበጣጠስሆነና አቅሙ የፈቀደ አዲስ ልብስ አስገዝቶ ይለብሳል።ያልገዙ ደግሞ ያላቸውን ልብስ አጣጥበውና በወግ በወጉ ጠቅመው በአደባባይ የሚታዩት በጥምቀት ነው፡፡

በጥምቀት የጎንደር ስመ ጥሩ የአርባ አራቱ ታቦታት ፣ ሊቃውንት፤ ስመጥር የደብር አለቆችና ካህናት በሚያምረው ልብሰ ተክህኖ አምረውና ደምቀው ይታያሉ በነጭ ልብሳቸው ላይ ጣል ከሚያደርጉት ጥቁር ካባቸውና በራሳቸው ጥምጣም የሚታወቁት በጎንደር የመጻሕፍት፣ የቅኔ ፤የአቋቋም እና የዝማሬ ሊቃውንት ባማረው አንደበታቸው የውዳሴ መዝሙር ጣዕመ ዜማ፣ ወረብናሽብሸባውን በአደባባይ የሚያሰሙበት ልዩ አጋጣሚ ቢኖር ይህ የጥምቀት በዓል ነው፡፡

ከአካባቢው የወረዳ እና የገጠር ከተሞች የሚመጣው ኮበሌ ባለጀንፎ ሽመሉን እና ከዘራውን ወልውሎ ለሆታና ለእልልታ ዝግጅታቸውን ጨርሰዋል፡፡ከሁሉም ቀልብን የሚስቡት የከተማው ወጣቶች በህብረት ተሰባስበው በዘመነኛና በባህላዊው ዘፈን ጥምቀቱን ሲያደምቁት፣ ወጣት አርሶ አደሮች በበኩላችው የሚያምር አረንጓዴና ሰማያዊ በቁልፍ የተንቆጠቆጠ ቂምጣና ሸሚዞቻቸውን በተጨማሪም የሚያምር ገንባሌያቸውን አድርገው በአልባሳት ይደምቃሉ፡፡

ኮበሌዎች ጠባቡን ቁምጣ ሸሚዝና ገንባሌአቸውን ለብሰው ከጎፈሬያቸው ላይ ሚዷቸውን ሻጥ አድርገው በዓሉን ለማድመቅ የበኩላቸውን በማድረግ ላይ ናቸው፡፡አልፎ አልፎም ቢሆን ኮረዳ ሴቶች ጭምር በቅባት የጠገበ ጸጉራቸውን ቁንዳላ ተሠርተው አረንጓዴ ቀሚስ አሰፍተውና በነጩ ቁልፍ አሽቆጥቁጠው ከመቸውም ጊዜ በላይ ለጎንደር ጥምቀት ህብረ ባህላዊ ድምቀትን ሰጥተው ይውላሉ።ወጣቶች ሀገር ቤት ከመጣው ቢጤያቸው ጋር “ዕሰይ ዕሰይ”ተብሎ የሚታወቀውን ባህላዊ የዱላ ጫወታ እየተጫወቱ በዓሉን ያደምቁታል።

ከህጻናት ጀምሮ ኮበሌው፣ኮረዳዎች፣ እድሜ ጠገብ አባቶችና እናቶች የጎንደር ጥምቀት በዓል ልዩ ውበት ናቸው፡፡ይህ ሁሉ ለእምነቱ ተከታይ በረከት፣ በቱሪስቶች ዘንድ ልዩ ትዕይንት በመፍጠር በየዓመቱ ወደ ባሕረ ጥምቀቱ እንዲተሙ እያደረጋቸው ይገኛል፡፡ ይህ በዓል እስትንፋስ ያለው ሁሉ በነቂስ ወጥቶ ፈጣሪውን የሚያመሰግንበት ዕለት በመሆኑ ጥምቀት በጎንደር እንደዚህ ያምራልና ጥምቀትን በጎንደር መታደም መባረክ ነው እንላለን፡፡

የጥምቀቱ ጸጋ እና በረከት ከሁላችን ጋር ይሁን አሜን፡፡

ምንጭ

ውሃ ሲወስድ አለሳልሶ፣አሳስቆ። እንጠንቀቅ! ተጠንቀቁ! ጦርነቱ በጥምቀት፣ በመስቀልበክርስቲያናዊ ሕይወት ላይ ነው

Do you remember the  so-called, “Ice Bucket” Challenge satanic ritual which went viral last year? May be you were baptized then in the name of Satan?

icebucketchallenge2

The enemy has come into our countries through the back door with what seems like a good work and a good cause but it is only on the surface. As you dig a little deeper and take the time to research, you will see that what I am saying is true. This is a type of sacrifice. It is a type of satanic sacrifice. All these human embryos are being sacrificed. A type of cannibalism is occurring because this craze and this phenomena is causing people to give into this one fund and neglecting other good and noble foundations that have have better causes and more moral ones. There is definitely a spirit behind this cause and it is not the Holy Spirit. God would never endorse such a fundraiser that supports using human embryos for research. It is abortion, plain and simple. To all those who have already participated, there is no condemnation, but there is a plea from the heart of God to pray, seek his face and ask forgiveness. 

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200 Demons: The Exorcisms of Latoya Ammons

Posted by addisethiopia on January 30, 2014

እነ ማይክል ጃክሰን የተወለዱበት ከተማ መሆኑ ነው….መስቀላችንን አንርሳ፡ መላው አካላታችንን በቅዱስ ጸበል እና ቅባት አዘውትረን እንቀባ።

Latoya Ammons and her family faced escalating experiences with demons that left evidence of their existence seen by credible witnesses outside her family. Blessings and exorcisms, more than one, finally brought peace

Haunted-House-Indianapolis-Hammond-Polic-2-But, whatever the cause of the creepy occurrences that befell the family — whether they were seized by a systematic delusion or demonic possession — it led to one of the most unusual cases ever handled by the Department of Child Services. Many of the events are detailed in nearly 800 pages of official records obtained by The Indianapolis Star and recounted in more than a dozen interviews with police, DCS personnel, psychologists, family members and a Catholic priest.

Ammons, who swears by her story, has been unusually open. While she spoke on condition her children not be interviewed or named, she signed releases letting The Star review medical, psychological and official records that are not open to the public — and not always flattering.

Furthermore, the family’s story is made only more bizarre because it involves a DCS intervention, a string of psychological evaluations, a police investigation and, ultimately, a series of exorcisms.

It’s a tale, they say, that started with flies.

In November 2011, Ammons’ family moved into a rental house on Carolina Street in Gary, a quiet lane lined with small one-story homes. Big black flies suddenly swarmed their screened-in porch in December, despite the winter chill.

“This is not normal,” Ammons’ mother, Rosa Campbell, remembers thinking. “We killed them and killed them and killed them, but they kept coming back.”

There were other strange happenings, too.

After midnight, Campbell and Ammons both said, they occasionally heard the steady clump of footsteps climbing the basement stairs and the creak of the door opening between the basement and kitchen. No one was there.

Even after they locked the door, the noise continued.

Campbell said she awoke one night and saw a shadowy figure of a man pacing her living room. She leaped out of bed to investigate, and found large, wet bootprints.

On March 10, 2012, Campbell said, the family’s unease turned to fear.

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የጥምቀት በዓል = የቅድስት ሥላሴ በዓል

Posted by addisethiopia on January 18, 2014

የተመረጠች የድኅነት ቀን ዛሬ ናት፡ ብሩክ ጥምቀት!

 

ቃለ እግዚአብሔር ላዕለ ማያት፤ አምላክ ስብሐት እንጎድጉደ፤ ቃለ እግዚአብሔር ላዕለ ማያት ብዙኅ፦ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል በውሃዎች ላይ ነው፤ የክብር መልክ ድምፅ አሰማ፤ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል በብዙ ውሃዎች ላይ ነው” [መዝ. ፳፰፥ ፫}

ያመነ የተጠመቀ ይድናል” [ማር. ፲፮፥ ፲፮]

እውነት እውነት እልሃለሁ፤ ዳግመኛ ከውኃና ከመንፈስ ቅዱስ ያልተወለደ ወደ እግዚአብሔር መንግሥት ሊገባ አይችልም፤ ከሥጋ የተወለደ ሥጋ ነው፤ ከመንፈስ የተወለደ ግን መንፈስ ነው” [ዮሐ. ፫፥፭፡ ፯]

ዝግጅት ለጥምቀት በዓል

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Healing Through Baptism and Exorcism

Posted by addisethiopia on December 15, 2013

መምህር ግርማ: Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Exorcism – የረር ሥላሴ

 

Ethiopian Orthodox Priest / Exorcist, Memehir Girma Wondimu giving spiritual healing services at the mysterious Yerer Selassie / Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Chu rch — September 2013

Thousands of people flood on Saturdays and Sundays to the Yerer Selassie church, located in the outskirts of Addis Abeba to witness this unique experience – and to give a wonderful Testimony of healing, restoration and salvation through miracles. Many give Testimonies to being miraculously healed from both physical and spiritual diseases.

I humbly recommended Byoncé, Rihanna & Jada of Will Smith to visit Memehir Girma Wendimu during their recent journey in Ethiopia. Alongside Miley Cyrus, the three ‘Illuminati’ divas show a clear sign of demonic possession which they should immediately have it exorcised.

Supplementary info

Memehir Girma’s Blog

Bermuda: Ethiopian Orthodox Church Paintings

Ethiopian-Orthodox-Church-Bermuda-December-6-2013-16On Friday night, Bermuda’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church opened their doors as locals were invited to learn about their traditions and view their intricately painted church icons created by an Ethiopian Monk Priest.

The Debra Ganet Immanuel Cathedral in St George’s features an interior full of painted icons by Abba Gebre Hiwot Wolde Samuel, who was born in a small village in Ethiopia, and ordained as a Monk Priest when he was 18 years old.

He then studied religious art, and was contracted to paint religious murals for 11 churches in Ethiopia. After seven years, he selected to travel to Barbados with other priests to establish churches in the region, and in 1999 Samuel arrived in Bermuda after being asked to paint for the church on the island.

The Bermuda Church belongs to the Archdiocese of Latin America and The Caribbean, and was elevated to Diocesan Status in 1977 with the consecration of the former garrison chapel in St. George’s as the Debre Ganet Immanuel Cathedral Church, which means Immanuel Cathedral Of Paradise.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s open house coincided with the National Trust Christmas Walkabout in St George’s, with the East End a hub of activity as the festive season gets underway.

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Demographic Shift: Where Have All the Christians Gone?

God’s Missionaries: Ethiopian Orthodox Church congregations could be a significant asset for American-born Christians

doctrinal-debate-gone-badIn his new book, “From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church,” Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, focuses on making sense of the massive demographic shift and explores the consequences and responsibilities the Church must now face.

For Granberg-Michaelson, one of those responsibilities is unity. With over 2.18 billion Christians and seemingly ever growing 44,886 denominations globally, the author empathizes that work of bringing the Body of Christ together is difficult.

Yet, “the Biblical call to unity is pervasive and compelling,” Granberg-Michaelson told The Christian Post.

“The Biblical passage calling Christians to unity isn’t contained in a proof text here or there, but resonant throughout the Bible’s message.”

Grandberg-Michaelson said that one of the impacts of Christianity’s spread in the “Global South” has been the increased interaction that these individuals are having with American Christians, much of this exchange enabled through immigration.

The author, who hails from Grand Rapids, Mich., said that a recent Sunday school assignment revealed the presence of 22 immigrant congregations in the city. Most recently, he learned of an Ethiopian congregation in the city from his cab driver.

[He told me] ‘We have an Ethiopian Orthodox Church on 28th Street in Grand Rapids,” recounted Grandberg-Michaelson. “I said, ‘How do you do your ministry?’ He said ‘We have a priest from Ethiopia… we support him so he can pray every day and in fact today is my day to bring him his three meals.'”

“This is in Grand Rapids!” Grandberg-Michaelson added.

He said that the emergence of these congregations could be a significant asset for American-born Christians.

“The center of the Christian world has shifted and there are new voices. I’d like to think that those who have come for one reason or another from other countries into our midst, I’d like to think of them as God’s missionaries,” said Grandberg-Michaelson.

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Ethiopia: The First Christian Nation?

Posted by addisethiopia on March 5, 2013

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My note: Our forefathers were confident enough to answer it with YES! But the question whether Pope Pius XI was defender of Ethiopia — historical sources indicitae the contrary, that Pope Pius XI recognised Italian sovereignity over Ethiopia

For centuries, historians have widely accepted the argument that Armenia was the first Christian nation. This important claim has become a source of national pride for Armenians and has remained virtually undisputed for centuries — until now.

Armenians will likely be up at arms when they learn that a new book — “Abyssinian Christianity: The First Christian Nation?” — is challenging their claim, presenting the possibility that Abyssinia (modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea) was the first Christian nation.

The Acts of the Apostles describes the baptism of an Ethiopian eunuch shortly after the death of Christ. Eusebius of Caesaria, the first church historian, further tells of how the eunuch returned to his land to diffuse the Christian teachings.

And the earliest Ethiopian monastic tradition is linked to the account of the Holy Family visiting Ethiopia, centuries before the Christian monastic movement emerged. According to the legend, the Child Jesus and the Virgin Mary were transported from Egypt on a silver cloud. Their arrival symbolized the renewal of the Covenant, which began when Menelich brought the Ark from Jerusalem to Ethiopia.

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