September 11, 2008

Happy Ethiopian New Year


The Ethiopian New Year, መሰከረም አንድ, which falls on 11Th September, is closely linked to the end of the rainy season. On the eve of the new year people light a fire in front of of their doorways and children run around with torches, which symbolise the light that overcomes darkness and, a sign of purity, welcome in the holiday.

The celebration has another name called እንቁጣጣሽ (Enkutatash). The name arose from the meeting of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba, our Ethiopian queen. According to the Ethiopian tradition, King Solomon presented a jewel to queen Makeda with the words ‹‹እንቁ ለጣትሽ›› (A JEWEL TO YOUR FINGER).

September 10, 2008

በማኅበረ ቅዱሳን ላይ ዘመቻ??

የጠቅላይ ቤተ ክህነት ባለሥልጣን ከነአቡነ መርቆርዮስ ጋር በድብቅ በማበር ማኅበረ ቅዱሳን ላይ ዘመቻ መጀመራቸው ታወቀ፡፡ በአዲስ አበባ በሰንበት ት/ቤቶች መምሪያ ኃላፊነት ላይ የተቀመጡትና በድብቅ ግን ከነአቡነ መርቆርዮስ ጋር በመገናኘት እንቅስቃሴ ላይ የሚገኙት እኚሁ የመምሪያ ኃላፊ ለ13 ዓመታት በተለያዩ የአሜሪካ ግዛቶች ከኖሩ በኋላ ባልተሳካ-ጵጵስና-ፍለጋ-ጉዞ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ የገቡት አባ ሰረቀ ብርሃን ወልደ ሳሙኤል ናቸው፡፡

ውስጥ አዋቂ ምንጮች እንደገለጹት መነኩሴው እንዲህ ዓይነቱ ተግባር ላይ ለመሠመራት በቅርቡ ከአዲስ አበባ ወደ ዲሲ ሜትሮፖሊታን አካባቢ የሄዱ ሲሆን በይፋ ማኅበረ ቅዱሳን ላይ ዘመቻ ከመክፈታቸውም በተጨማሪ ከቤተ ክህነቱ ያመጧቸውን መረጃዎች ለተለያዩ ፓርቲዎችና ድረ ገጾች በማዳረስ ላይ ይገኛሉ፡፡ ከነዚህ መረጃዎች መካከል ማኅበሩ በቅዱስ ሲኖዶስ ዕውቅና ያገኘበትና ፓትርያርክ ጳውሎስን ጨምሮ የቅዱስ ሲኖዶስ አባላት የፈረሙበት መተዳደሪያ ደንብ በወንጀል ማስረጃነት ከቀረቡት አንደኛው መሆኑን http://www.ethiopianreview.com የተባለው ድረ ገጽ በሰፊው አስፍሯል፡፡

ግለሰቡ ለምን ወደዚህ ተግባር ሊገቡ እንደቻሉ የጠየቅናቸው እነዚሁ ለጉዳዩ ቅርበት ያላቸው ሰዎች እንደጠቆሙት መነኩሴው ከኢትዮጵያ በመናፍቅነታቸው ተባረው አሜሪካ ከመሸጉ የተሐድሶ አራማጆች ጋር ባላቸው የዓላማ አንድነት ምክንያት መሆኑን ይናገራሉ፡፡ ከሎስ አንጀለሱ ቀሲስ ተብሎ አሁን የተሾመው ፓስተር መላኩ ባወቀ እና ከአትላንታው ልዑለቃል አካሉ እንዲሁም ‹‹የአሳማ ሥጋ ብሉ፣ ትኋንም ቢሆን ካልቀፈፋችሁ ብሉ፣ በኦርጋን ብቻ ዘምሩ፣ ጫማ ሳታወልቁ ወደ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ግቡ›› የሚል ‹‹የምግብና የጤና ሳይንስ አስተማሪነት›› ከሚቃጣቸው ከነአባ ወልደ ትንሣኤ አያልነህ ጋር ኅብረት እንዳላቸው ታውቋል፡፡

ስለእኒሁ መነኩሴ ከአሜሪካ አወጣጥና ምክንያቱ፣ ምሥጢሩና ሰበቡ ወደፊት በሰፊው እናስነብባችኋለን፡፡
ቸር ወሬ ያሰማን፡፡

September 1, 2008

Archbishop’s arrival commences Ethiopian Orthodox Church activities

Thursday August 28 2008
by Denesha Whyte
Archbishop Abba Thaddeus of the Diocese of the Caribbean and Central American Ethiopian Orthodox Churches and several members of his delegation arrived on island yesterday.

During a brief news conference held in the VIP Lounge at the V.C. Bird International Airport after his arrival, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the African Union, Bruce Goodwin, on behalf of the government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda, officially welcomed Archbishop Thaddeus and his delegation to the island.
Last evening, the church began its spiritual activities with a lecture at the Bendals Primary School.Tomorrow, the events will come to an end with an Ethiopian Orthodox baptism at the Hero House Chapel at 7 a.m.

On Sunday, two of the church’s members will be getting married also at the Hero House Chapel and this begins at 11 a.m. Although the wedding is independent of the two days of activities, the public is invited to witness the Ethiopian Orthodox marital traditions.

Twenty members make up the St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Antigua which is one of five of its kind worldwide.

Archbishop Abba Thaddeus is making his second visit to Antiguan and Barbuda, after having visited in February of this year.


Ethiopian Orthodox Church to take part in National Day of Prayer

Thursday August 28 2008
by Denesha Whyte

Visiting Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Archdiocese of the Caribbean and Latin America, Abba Thaddeus, along with other members of his delegation will be participating in the National Day of Prayer next Monday.

The arrival of his delegation yesterday marked the opening of a few days of spiritual activities being held by the St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Antigua.
The national day of prayer, which will also be a half day public holiday, is being used as a weapon in the nation’s fight against the current crime situation.
On Monday, individuals are asked to have personal prayer and fast sessions from 6 a.m.-9 a. m and once again from 9a.m.-12 noon. Various churches will be having services during the day and at 3 p.m. an ecumenical service will be held at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG).
The government was persuaded to declare this national holiday through the joint efforts of the United Evangelical Association, Antigua Christian Council, the Association of Independent Churches of Antigua and Barbuda, Baptist Churches, Seventh-day Adventist Churches, National Intercessory Network, Women Against Rape and other similar groups.
During Cabinet deliberations on 19 Aug., the idea received consideration and PM Baldwin Spencer announced the acceptance of the proposal during a press conference at his office last Thursday.

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