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ብሩክ ቡሄ!

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 19, 2015

ደብረ ታቦርና ቡሄ

 

በ መ/ር ሳሙኤል ተስፋዬ

የኢትየጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ከምታከብራቸው ዘጠኝ ዓበይት በዓላት አንዱ የደብረ ታቦር በዓል ነው። በየዓመቱ ነሐሴ ፲፫ ቀን የሚከበረው ይህ በዓል መሠረቱ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ነው፡፡ ደብረ ታቦር ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ሦስት ደቀመዛሙርቱን ይዞ ወደ ተራራው የወጣበትና ፊቱ እንደ ፀሐይ የበራበት፣ ልብሱም እንደብርሃን ነጭ የሆነበት፣ ብርሃነ መለኮቱን የገለጠበት ተራራ ነው።

ከስድስት ቀንም በኋላ ኢየሱስ ጴጥሮስንና ያዕቆብን ወንድሙንም ዮሐንስን ይዞ ወደ ረጅም ተራራ ብቻቸውን አወጣቸው። በፊታቸውም ተለወጠ፥ ፊቱም እንደ ፀሐይ በራ፥ ልብሱም እንደ ብርሃን ነጭ ሆነ። እነሆም፥ ሙሴና ኤልያስ ከእርሱ ጋር ሲነጋገሩ ታዩአቸው። ጴጥሮስም መልሶ ኢየሱስን ጌታ ሆይ፥ በዚህ መሆን ለእኛ መልካም ነው፤ ብትወድስ፥ በዚህ ሦስት ዳስ አንዱን ለአንተ አንዱንም ለሙሴ አንዱንም ለኤልያስ እንሥራ አለ። እርሱም ገና ሲናገር፥ እነሆ፥ ብሩህ ደመና ጋረዳቸው፥ እነሆም፥ ከደመናው። በእርሱ ደስ የሚለኝ የምወደው ልጄ ይህ ነው፤ እርሱን ስሙት የሚል ድምፅ መጣ። ደቀ መዛሙርቱም ሰምተው በፊታቸው ወደቁ እጅግም ፈርተው ነበር።

ኢየሱስም ቀርቦ ዳሰሳቸውና፡ ተነሡ አትፍሩም አላቸው። ማቴ. ፲፯፡፩፭ በቤተ ክርስቲያን ደብረታቦር ከቤተክርስቲያን ውጭ አከባበሩ ቡሄ እየተባለ የሚከበረው በዓል በሀገራችን በየዓመቱ ነሐሴ ፲፫ ቀን በታላቅ ድምቀት ይከበራል፡፡ ቡሄ ማለት ብራ፣ ብርሃን፣ ደማቅ ገላጣ፣ የተገለጠ ማለት ነው፡፡ ቡሄ ሲመጣ የክረምቱ ጨለማነት አልፎ ወደ ብርሃን፣ ወደ ጥቢ የሚያመራበት፣ ወደ መፀው የሚዘለቅበት ወገግታ ፣ ሰማይ ከጭጋጋማነት ወደ ብሩህነት የሚለወጥበት፣ የሚሸጋገርበት ወቅት በመሆኑ ከቡሄ በኋላ የጠነከረ ክረምት አይኖርም፡፡ በዚህ መሰረት የክረምቱ አፈና ተወግዶ የብርሃን ወገግታ የሚታየውም በዚህ በዓል አካባቢ ስለሆነ ይቺ ዕለት ቡሄየሚለውን ስያሜ አገኘ። ቡሄ ማለት ገላጣ፣ የተገለጠ ማለት ነው፡፡ ጌታችን ብርሃነ መለኮቱን የገለጠበት፣ ብረሃን የታየበት ድምጸ መለኮት የተሰማበት ስለሆነ፤ ችቦ ስለሚበራ የብርሃን በዓል በማለት የቡሄ በዓልም ይባላል፡፡

በገጠርም ሆነ በየከተማው ልጆች ጅራፋቸውን ገምደው ሲያጮሁ ይሰነብታሉ። እናቶችም ለበዓሉ ዝግጅት ስንዴ ሲለቅሙ፣ ሲፈትጉ፣ ሲፈጩ ይሰነብታሉ። መነሻ የሆናቸው ትውፊት ጌታችን ብርሃነ መለኮቱን የገለጠበት ዕለት ጊዜው ምሽት ነበር፡፡ እረኞችም ከብርሃኑ የተነሣ እየተገረሙና እየተደነቁ ወደ ቤት አልተመለሱም ነበር፡፡ የልጆቹን መዘግየት ያዩ ወላጆች ችቦ አብርተውና ዳቦ ይዘው ፍለጋ ወጥተዋል ፡፡ያንን ለማስታወስ «ቡሄ» ለሚሉ ልጆች ሙልሙል ዳቦ የሚሰጠውና ችቦ በማብራት በዓሉን የሚከበረው ከዚህ በመነሣት ነው፡፡ የንጋት ወጋገን ሲፈናጠቅ ልጆች በከባድ ድምጽና በጅራፍ ጩኸት የሚታጀብ፣ በገደላገደል ስር እንዲያስተጋባ ተደርጎ ብዛት ባላቸው ህጻናት በከፍተኛ ድምጽ የሚዘመር ነው ቡሄ ። የጅራፉ ጩኸትም እግዚአብሔር አብ “€œየምወደው ልጄ ይህ ነው እርሱን ስሙት”€ ሲል ሐዋርያት ራሳቸውን ስተው የወደቁበትን የመለኮት ድምፅ ለማስታወስ ነው፡፡

ደብረታቦር ወይም ቡሄ በአብነት ተማሪዎች ስለ ደብረ ታቦርእያሉ እህል፣ ፣ ጌሾ ለምነው ጠላውን ጠምቀው፣ ዳቦውን ጋግረው፣ ቆሎውን ቆልተው ለደብረ ታቦር ዕለት ሊያስቀድሱ የመጡትን ምዕመናን በመጋበዝ በታላቅ ድምቀት ያከብራሉ፡፡ ይህ ትውፊት መምህረ ሐዋርያት የነበረው ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ሦስቱን ተማሪዎቹን ጴጥሮስን፣ ያዕቆብንና ወንድሙንም ዮሐንስን ይዞ ወደ ደብረ ታቦር ይዞ ሄዶ የተገለጠ ምስጢር ስለሆነ ከመምህራቸው ጋር በመሆን በዓለ ደብረ ታቦርን /ቡሄን ያከብራሉ፡፡ ስሙን ይጠራሉ፡፡

የደብረ ታቦር ወይም የቡሄ ግጥም

ድምጽህን ሰማና

በብሩህ ደመና

የቡሄው ብርሃን ለኛ መጣና

ያዕቆብ ዮሐንስ ሆ! እንዲሁም ጴጥሮስ

አምላክን አዩት ሆ! ሙሴ ኤልያስ

አባቱም አለ ሆ! ልጄን ስሙት

ቃሌ ነውና ሆ! የወለድኩት

ድምጽህን ሰማና

በብሩህ ደመና

የቡሄው ብርሃን ለኛ መጣና።

መጣና መጣና ደጅ ልንጥና

መጣና ባመቱ እንዴት ሰነበቱ፣

ክፈት በለዉ በሩን የጌታዪን

ክፈት በለዉ ተነሳ ያንን አንበሳ፣

ምንጭ

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Testimony: Chester Higgins’s Homage to Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 19, 2015

I feel like our society is not as well grounded. We get our reference points from artificiality. Most of us are far removed from a sense of being connected to nature

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Chester Higgins Jr. has traveled to Africa every year since 1971 as a way to meditate, disconnect and examine his life. Through the experience of photographing new people and places, his art both shapes and reflects his narrative. And nowhere is that truer for him than in Ethiopia, a place that has long enchanted him.

It’s a great relief to step out of my comfort zone and live in a place for six weeks without having to worry about how people react to me,” said Mr. Higgins, whose work from Ethiopia is on display beginning this month at the Skoto Gallery in New York. “I think the problem we have as artists in America is pretty soon you can get locked into a paradigm that inhibits your creative expansion. One gains a cognitive freedom when you embrace the understanding that the world is much larger than your immediate reality. When I travel to Ethiopia or Africa I’m not in search of something exotic, I’m in search of reflections of myself. In Ethiopia, I’m no longer in a society where I am a minority. I am the majority.”

Mr. Higgins, a former staff photographer for The New York Times, has published several collections, including “Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa.”

You would never travel to Africa if you listened to the news,” Mr. Higgins said. “I wanted people who couldn’t travel to get a feel from the book of what people are like elsewhere to expand horizons and perspectives.”

He first went to Ethiopia in 1973, prompted by news that African heads of state were gathering for an Organization of African Unity meeting in Addis Ababa. On that trip, he met and photographed the emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, and other heads of state. Taken by the calm sense of self he found among the Ethiopian people, he returned the following year to see other parts of the country.

“What I felt amazed me,” said Mr. Higgins, 68. “Ethiopians are a very proud people. Due to their isolation and history, other people are less important to them than they are to themselves. This sense of certainty is how they manage their lives.

Ethiopia is the only African nation that defeated an invading European army and maintained its independence. Ethiopians refer to their country as “The Land of Our Fathers,” and the fight to maintain it pumps the blood in their hearts.

“Their sense of pride is reinforced by their history, culture and environment,” Mr. Higgins said. “That’s not to say there aren’t problems, but there’s still a sense of awareness the people have among themselves and their culture. They live without being insecure about what they don’t know or what other people have that could rob them of who they are.

Those who live in the northern part of the country are highlanders, residing on mountains that rise 6,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level. Many Christians, Hebrews and Muslims have a monastic way of life and believe the only way to get close to God is to eliminate worldly distractions. Some Christian monasteries are atop mountains or on island lakes. There is a sense that the subterranean world is a type of spiritual cocoon.

In Ethiopia, church starts around 4 a.m. and ends at sunrise. This country is where Ethiopia’s Orthodox Christians believe the Ark of Covenant resides, and ruins from the time of Sheba, who is mentioned in the Bible, are found there.

The spirit and culture of the people in Ethiopia run deep, Mr. Higgins says. When visiting, he does not stay in the capital, preferring the remoteness of the country, which has layers of ancient beliefs, traditions and culture, all with a unique ancient personality.

It has taken me decades to get closer to the people and the culture,” he said. “I know I’m an outsider. As I learn more, I dive deeper in this water. I feel like our society is not as well grounded. We get our reference points from artificiality. Most of us are far removed from a sense of being connected to nature.”

That sensation can be intense, especially at night.

The stars are right on top of you at night,” he said. “Only in Ethiopia do you feel you can reach up and touch the floor of heaven. Parts of it look like the Grand Canyon. Other parts are up in the clouds.

Mr. Higgins’s exhibition at the Skoto Gallery, which runs from May 21 through June 20, is titled “Zéma,” which means melody. The exhibit includes landscapes, portraits and abstract imagery honoring ancestral spirits along the Blue Nile River.

“It’s my melody, my love song to Ethiopia. Obviously for me to go back for so many years, using my own money, I must be in love,” Mr. Higgins said, laughing. “I’ve never had an Ethiopian girlfriend, but I’m in love with the place. I share their love for their people, their culture and their history and for their present and future.”

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A righteous Path: Mass Exorcisms Performed in Ethiopia – in Pictures

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 18, 2015

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British photographer Robert Waddingham journeyed to Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley to a church near Arba Minch where Orthodox priests regularly carry out mass exorcisms using holy water. Many of those attending the ceremony come to be blessed, but there are also those seeking cures for physical ailments. Please note some images contain nudity

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The Thirty Christian Ethiopians Are in Heaven While Your Souls Will Rot in Hell, You Devil Worshipers

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 20, 2015

Why did the Muslims of ISIS behead 30 Ethiopian Christians whose lineage is said to go all the way back to Philip the Apostle?

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From the video (see 3:26) we translated, ISIS gave a way out:

We tell the Christians everywhere that the Islamic state will spread by Allah’s will. It [the Islamic state] will get to you even if you are safe in your fortresses. Who ever converts to Islam, he will have peace and who accepts the Dhimmi status will be at peace. But who rejects our terms he will receive nothing from us except the sharpness of the sword. Men will be slaughtered and the women and children will be enslaved and their monies are confiscated as booty. This is the rule of Allah and his prophet. And to Allah is the pride and also to the believers but the hypocrites do not understand.

They gave that message only in Arabic.

So according to ISIS these Christians refused to convert and submit to Islam, so they got slaughtered.

This is perhaps why they did not translate this part of their message to English, which was for Copts and Ethiopians who are known for their stubbornness not to convert. And so ISIS did not want to admit, as they did in the previous release with the 21 Copts, that these Christians refused to convert, as usual. These Christians are not like some liberal journalist hostage who plays along and moves his lips saying “I declare there is no God but Allah …” while he ‘repents later’, when he is on the other side.

The Muslims know that it is extremly rare that Copts and Ethiopians convert. It is perhaps fitting to call these “Stubborn For Jesus”.

So of course, the rest is translated in the English in which it is all about breaking the cross as the message is clear, it is the breaking of the will of the Christians which ISIS failed to do with these saints.

The scene is a microcosm of what is to come as John the Revelator predicted that prior to Christ’s coming:

” … I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.[Revelation 20:4]

But the first part of the verse says: “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.” So in the end it will be the slain who will judge these executioners.

My Message To Muslims

So Muslim, go ahead, execute, slice and decapitate, for the time is coming when you will suffer eternally in hell while your ‘Nebi Muhammad’ (false prophet Muhammad) will stoop. As the Scriptures say: “Bel bows, Nebo stoops” (Isaiah 46:1). And bow he will from the fear of the Son of God. We fear not your blade, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

In other words, the thirty are in heaven while your souls will rot in hell. Come to our fortresses and see the wrath you will receive. In other words, go to hell.

Here, let me explain to you how it works, biblically. Your victories by the sword can only be announced when all Christians bow towards your idol image in Mecca which you Muslims will eventually destroy with your own hands. As long as Christians choose your scimitar blade over prostrating in submission towards your idol, the victory will always be for the slain and not the stupid butcher; we are the ones who submit to die for God while you only die for your pleasure and for booty. Indeed, you are slaves to yourselves. The devil thought he was victorious when the lamb of God, Christ, was slain, but the victory was Christ’s and ours. The devil fooled you to believe that Christ was not crucified and you thought yourselves to be smart by filling yourselves with pride saying “we will conquer … and we will dominate …”. Your pride comes from your Allah who is the devil disguised as God and the Magi, as you call them “Majus”, the Shiites shall destroy your idol in Mecca. It is written and so it will be.

You lost against these Ethiopian saints. The history of these Ethiopian Christians stems way before your heresiarch Muhammad. Ethiopian Christians stem from the 8th chapter of Acts is that Philip the Evangelist has been sent from Jerusalem by an angel of the Lord “…to go toward south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (v. 26) It is on this road that Philip meets the Ethiopian who “had come to Jerusalem and was returning home” (v.28-29). So Christianity in Ethiopia dates to the 1st century, way before your false prophet making Ethiopia unique amongst sub-Saharan African countries.

Today you show the killing of thirty, yet the Ethiopian Church has 40-45 million and is thus the largest of all Oriental Orthodox churches. There are also 13.7 million Protestants and half million Catholics who love Christ and are willing to die for Him.

To our Christian brethren, please consider the serious issue on Christian persecution which will increase as we see these events unfold. we operate a very effective mission in rescuing fellow Christians who live under the Muslim yoke baking bricks as slaves, burned in furnaces and slaughtered.

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መልካም የትንሣኤ በዓል!

 
 

ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ማትያስ ቀዳማዊ ፓትርያርክ ርዕሰ ሊቃነ ጳጳሳት ዘኢትዮጵያ ሊቀጳጳስ ዘአክሱም ወእጨጌ ዘመንበረ ተክለ ሃይማኖት የ2006 .. የጌታችን መድኀኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የትንሣኤ በዓልን የእንኳን አደረሳችሁ የሚከተለውን መልእክት አስተላልፈዋል፦

ኢትዮጵያውያን አባቶቻችን በማናቸውም ጊዜ ከነውረ ኃጢአትና ከርኩሰት ሁሉ ርቀው፥ ሕገተፈጥሮንና ሕገእግዚአብሔርን ጠብቀው፣ እግዚአብሔር የሚለውን ብቻ አዳምጠውና አክብረው የሚኖሩ ቅዱሳን በመሆናቸውን ነው እንጂ፤ በአሁኑ ጊዜ በኢትዮጵያ ምድር ሊፈጸም ቀርቶ ሊወራ የማይገባውን ሰዶምንና ገሞራን በእሳት ያጋየ ግብረኃጢአት በኢትዮጵያ ምድር መሰማቱ እግዚአብሔር ለኢትዮጵያውያን የሰጠውን የቅድስና ክብር የሚያሳጣ ከመሆኑም ሌላ በሀገራችን ላይ ልማትና ዕድገት ሳይሆን መቅሰፍትና ውድቀት እንዳያስከትልብን ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ ይህንን የሰዶም ግብረኃጢአትን በጽናት መመከት አለበት፤ በቅዱስ ባህልና ሥነምግባር እጅግ የበለጸገና የለማ ትውልድ ማፍራት የልማታችን አካል ማድረግ አለብን።

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ኢትዮጵያ ሀገረ እግዚአብሔር መሆኗን ሩሲያዊው የ Independentጋዜጣ ባለቤትም እነሆ መስክሯል

The spirit of a pure Christianity: Exploring Ethiopia’s stunning subterranean churches

BeteGiyorgisWhen 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.

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