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ምስጢረ ጰራቅሊጦስ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 12, 2011

በስመአብ ወወልድ ወመንፈስ ቅዱስ አሐዱ አምላክ አሜን።

ዘንድሮ የጰራቅሊጦስ (ጰንጠቆስጤ) በዓል በኦርቶዶክሳዊት ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስቲያናችን ሰኔ ፭ ቀን በመላው አብያተ ክርስቲያናት ተከብሮ ይውላል። ከጌታ ዘጠኙ ዐበይት በዓላት አንደኛው የጰራቅሊጦስ በዓል ነው። ይህ በዓል በኦሪቱ በዓለ ሠራዊት ይባላል። የእሸት በዓል ማለት ነው። ከፋሲካ ሰንበት በኋላ እሑድ በሃምሳኛው ቀን ላይ ስለሚውል በዓለ ሃምሳ ተብሎ ይታወቃል። ይህንን ዕለት ጽርአውያን በቋንቋቸው ጸንጠቆስጤ ይሉታል። የሃይማኖት ስም አይደለም። በዘመናችን በተለይም እንደ አውሮፓውያን ዘመን አቆጣጠር ከ ፲፱፻፮ ዓ.ም ጀምሮ በዚህ ስም ራሳቸውን የሰየሙ ቡድኖች የሃይማኖታቸው መታወቂያ በማድረግ ሲጠሩ ይሰማል። በመጽሐፍ ቅዱሱም ሆነ በጥንታዊት ቤተክርስቲያን ታሪክ በጰንጠቆስጤ ስም የሚታወቅ የሃይማኖት ድርጅት አልነበረም አይታወቅም።

ቤተክርስቲያናችን ይህን በዓል የምታከብረው መጽሐፍ ቅዱስንና ትውፊተ ሐዋርያትን መሠረት አድርጋ ነው። በግብረ ሐዋ.፪፥ ፩ – ፳፪ ተጽፎ እንደምናገኘው አይሁድ ከመላው ዓለም ተሰብስበው በዓለ ሃምሳን ሲያከብሩ ጰራቅሊጦስ የተባለው መንፈስ ቅዱስ ድምፁን እንደ አውሎ ነፋስ እያሰማ ጸጋውን እንደ ባዘቶ በእሳት ላንቃ አምሳል ከፍሎ ከፍሎ በጸሎት ጽሙዳን ለሆኑት መቶ ሃያ ቤተሰብ አድሏቸዋል። (ሐዋ.፪፥፲፬–፲፭) ሐዋርያትም ከሦስቱ ክፍላተ አህጉር ለመጡት አይሁድ መንፈስ ቅዱስ በገለጸላቸው ቋንቋ ለማስተማር በቅተዋል።

በሚያውቁት በአንድ የዕብራይስጥ ቋንቋ ላይ ሰባ አንድ ቋንቋ ስለተጨመረላቸው እንደ ልባቸው የክርስቶስን አምላክነትና ትንሣኤውን ያለ ፍርሃት መስክረዋል። በተገለጸላቸው ቋንቋ ለሰው ሁሉ ስላስተማሩ ሰሚዎቹ ተአምራቱን በማድነቅ የእግዚአብሔርን ታላቅ ሥራ በልሳኖቻችን ሲናገሩ እንሰማቸዋለንበማለት ተገርመዋል። የመንፈስ ቅዱስን ሥራ የተጠራጠሩ ሰቃልያን ክርስቶስ አይሁድ ግን የመንፈስ ቅዱስን ጸጋ ለጉሽ ጠጅ ሰጥተው ማፌዝ ስለጀመሩ ቅዱስ ጴጥሮስ ነቢዩ ኢዮኤል በምዕራፍ ፪ ከቁጥር ፳፰—፴፪ የተናገረውን ትንቢት በመጥቀስ በተግሳፅ አሳፍሯቸዋል። ኢዮኤል የተናገረው ትንቢት ለአንድ ጊዜና ለመጨረሻው በዘመነ ሐዋርያት ተፈጽሟል። መንፈስ ቅዱስ ከዚያን ጊዜ ጀምሮ በቤተክርስቲያን አድሮ ለምእመናን እንደ ሃይማኖታቸው ጽናት፥ እንደ ምግባራቸው ቅንነት ጸጋውን ሲያድል ይኖራል። የመንፈስ ቅዱስ ጸጋ በጥምቀተ ክርስትና በሜሮን ሲሰጥ በመጠኑ ነው። ምዕመናን ጸጋው እየተጨመረላቸው እንዲሄድ በገድል በትሩፋት ተወስነው የክርስቲያንን ተግባር እየፈጸሙ ሲሔዱ ጸጋው እየተጨመረላቸው እንዲሄድ በገድል በትሩፋት ተወስነው የክርስቲያንን ተግባር እየፈጸሙ ሲሔዱ ጸጋው እየተጨመረላቸው ከነጽሮተ ሥሉስ ቅዱስ፥ ከከዊነ እሳት ማዕረግ ለመድረስ ይበቃሉ። በዚህን ጊዜ እንደሐዋርያት በጥላቸው በልብሳቸው ሕሙም መፈወስ፣ ጋኔን ማውጣት፣ ሙት ማንሳት

ይቻላቸዋል። ቤተክርስቲያናችን ጠቅለል ባለ መልኩ ስለ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ለቤተ ክርስቲያን እንዳልተሰጠ ተቆጥሮ አንዳንድ መናፍቃን በኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስቲያን ላይ የሚሰነዝሩት ጉንጭ አልፋ ዘለፋ መሠረት የሌለው ስለሆነ አንደነቅበትም። እነዚህ የሚያለያዩ ሥጋውያንም የሆኑ።መንፈስም የሌላቸው ሰዎች ናቸውና። (ይሁዳ ፩፥፲፱) ሐዋርያው ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ በመጀመሪያይቱ የቆሮንቶስ ክታቡ የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስን የባሕርይ አምላክነት አምነው በተጠመቁ ክርስቲያኖች መንፈስ ቅዱስ አድሮባቸው እንዳለ ገልጾልናል። በተጨማሪም የመንፈስ ቅዱስ አካሉ አንድ ሲሆን ጸጋው (ሀብቱ) ግን ልዩ ልዩ በመሆኑ ለምዕመናን ሁሉ አንድ አይነት ጸጋ የላቸውም ብሏል። (፩ቆሮ. ፲፪፥፩—፲፩) ጸጋውንም እነርሱ እንደወደዱት ሳይሆን መንፈስ ቅዱስ እንደፈቀደ እንደሚጠቅማቸው አድርጎ ይሰጣቸዋል። ከመንፈስ ቅዱስ ሥጦታዎች ከእምነትና ከፍቅር የሚበልጥ ጸጋ አለመኖሩን ዐውቀን በየሰፈሩ እየተሹለከለኩ መንፈስ ወርዶብናል እያሉ ከሚያጭበረብሩ ቢጽ ሐሳውያን ሁሉ መጠበቅ ይገባናል።

እነዚህ ሰዎች የጵጵስናም ሆነ የቅስና ማዕረግ ክህነት ሳይኖራቸው ራሳቸውን በራሳቸው ሾመው እጆቻችንን እየጫንን መንፈስ ቅዱስ እናሳድራለን በማለት ብዙዎቹን የዋሆች የመንፈስ ርኩስ ቁራኛ ስላደረጉዋቸው ምዕመናን ሆይ በተዋሕዶ ሃይማኖታችሁ እስከመጨረሻው እንድትጠበቁ እንመክራችኋለን። (፩ቆሮ.፲፪፥፫፧ ፩ቆሮ.፲፫፥ ፩—፲፫) በጸሎተ ሃይማኖታችን ስለ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ያለን እምነት እንደሚከተለው ይጠቃለላል፡

በመንፈስ ቅዱስም እናምናለን። እርሱም ጌታ ሕይወትን የሚሰጥ ከአብ የሠረፀ፣ ከአብና ከወልድ ጋራ በአንድነት እንሰግድለታለን እናመሰግነዋለን። እርሱም በነቢያት አድሮ የተናገረ ነው።መንፈስ ቅዱስ እንዳይለየን በመናፍቅነትና በእልከኝነት ልባችን እንዳይደነድን ጌታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በኦርቶዶክሳዊት ተዋሕዶ ሃይማኖታችን አጽንቶ በክርስቲያናዊ ሕይወት ለመመላለስ ያብቃን፡ አሜን።

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Speaking In Tongues: An Orthodox Perspective

Fr. George Nicozisin

Speaking in Tongues, “Glossolalia,” a popular practice with many Churches today, is a phenomenon which can be traced to the days of the Apostles. A decade ago, Speaking in Tongues was encountered only in Pentecostal Churches, Revival Meetings, Quaker gatherings and some Methodist groups. Today, Glossolalia is also found in some Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches.

Serapion of Egypt, a fourth century contemporary of St. Athanasios summarized Eastern Orthodox theology:

“The Anointing after Baptism is for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, that having been born again through Baptism and made new through the laver of regeneration, the candidates may be made new through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and secured by this Seal may continue steadfast.”

Bishop Maximos Aghiorghoussis, Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh and world-reknowned Orthodox theologian on the Holy Spirit states it this way: “For Orthodox Christians, Baptism is our personal Paschal Resurrection and Chrismation is our personal Pentecost and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.”

There are two forms of Glossolalia:

Pentecost Glossolalia happened this way: Fifty days after the Resurrection, while the disciples were gathered together, the Holy Spirit descended upon them and they began to speak in other languages. Jews from all over the civilized world who were gathered in Jerusalem for the religious holiday stood in amazement as they heard the disciples preaching in their own particular language and dialect (like in a United Nations Assembly). They understood!

Corinthian Glossolalia is different. St. Paul, who had founded the Church of Corinth, found it necessary to respond to some of their problems, i.e., division of authority, moral and ethical problems, the Eucharist, the issue of death and resurrection and how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit operated. In chapter 12, St. Paul lists nine of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, i.e., knowledge, wisdom, spirit, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, speaking in tongues and interpreting what another says when he speaks in tongues.

Specifically, Corinthian Glossolalia was an activity of the Holy Spirit coming upon a person and compelling him to external expressions directed to God, but not understood by others. In Pentecost Glossolalia, while speaking in several different tongues, both the speaker and the listener understood what was uttered. The Glossolalia manifested in Corinth was the utterance of words, phrases, sentences, etc., intelligible to God but not to the person uttering them. What was uttered needed to be interpreted by another who had the gift of interpretation.

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The Glorious Feast of Pentecost

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 23, 2010

The readings, appointed for today, indicate the basic religious problem of Western civilization, as well as its proper solution. Western civilization’s basic religious problem stems from the common misunderstanding held by most followers of three dominant faith systems in that part of the world. Many Jews, Muslims and Christians imagine that they worship the same God. Yet, in fact, repeatedly, their interactions seem to indicate, rather, that most of them continue serving their own selfish interests in this world. Despite much eloquent talk about God, the various ways they walk, deny the kernel of what God tries to teach them.

St. Paul instructed the Ephesians, “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” That’s the right way to grow to the full stature of Christ. St. John wrote, “Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him’, but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; 5but whoever obeys his word, truly, in this person the love of God has reached perfection.” After tongues of fire descended upon Christ’s disciples, they were filled with gifts of the Holy Spirit. Then, they no longer hid and asked idle questions. Instead, they went out and began speaking boldly “about God’s deeds of power.’

On that very day they began demonstrating what Jesus Christ had told them the night before he died (John 14). They started living the truth in the present. Demonstrating the unity of belief and action that is worshiping in Spirit and in truth, they even did greater works than He had done. They proved their love for Him by keeping His commandments, always conscious of being loved by His Father, as well as by Him Who revealed Himself, by sending the Spirit to them.

Even though Jesus Christ came into His own, and He spent three years exposing various ways in which the God’s chosen people had erred. They had been distorting the spirit of the Law, He had given them through Moses. Cunningly, they enslaved each other, by serving the letter of that Law, while violating its purpose. During His earthly ministry, less than a hundred individuals fully accepted Christ’s interpretation of the Law; and fewer than five showed the courage of their convictions, to be present as He offered Himself as a ransom for many.

Fifty days after Jesus Christ’s victory over death, thousands of those who had probably been yelling, “Crucify Him!” were accepting baptism in His Name, at the hands of His Spirit-filled disciples. However, less than six centuries later, as the Gospel spread throughout the world, so did various corruptions of that message. Scandalous contentions arose over mysteries that no one fully understands. Such wrangling, mixed with political and pseudo-intellectual agendas lost whole cultures, while convincing others. No wonder some felt compelled to seek a new prophet, only to lapse into a new legalism, repeating mistakes that Christ had come to correct.

Once again, we celebrate the Holy Spirit inaugurating the New Jerusalem, the foretaste of God’s coming Kingdom. Therefore, tomorrow, let us embrace the Fast of the Apostles, that we may turn away from whatever keeps us from walking with God, in the present. To complete their mission, we must develop the same level of commitment which prompted disciples, so that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping saints for the work of ministry, building up the body of Christ; until all of us come to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God. Then we will be know how to use what we have already received to witness to His love for mankind, then, we too, will become fishers of men.

Source: Ninesaintsethiopianorthodoxmonastery

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