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The Following Are Questions Asked By Our Viewers And Answered by Our Priests.

  1. "It is indicated in our church that Mariam tamaledalech" is there anywhere in the Bilble that it is stated in Black and white?"
    July 30, 2002. Click here for Answer.
  2. "What is Sin?"
    October 14, 2002. Click here for Answer.
  3. "Is it true that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church accept the apocryphal book of Enoch as part of the Holy Bible?"
    August 28, 2002. Click here for Answer.
  4. [This question is in regard to why kids go outside during kidase, why people wear their shoes in church, and why people don't get up and sing with the choir.]
    October 8, 2002. Click here for the complete Question and Answer.
  5. [This question is in regard to the 100 years discripancies between the Ethiopian and the European (Gregorian) calendar.]
    October 14, 2002. Click here for the complete Question and Answer.
  6. Is emperor salassie god? like the rastafarians say? do your beliefs line up with the rastafarian faith?
    December 22, 2002. Click here for the complete Question and Answer.
  7. I try my best to write about one of our holiday Meskel, but I couldn't find much, so if you can help me out.
    1. What is the story about Meskel? 2. How do we celebrate and when do we ? I hope i get an answer from you thank you .
    December 10, 2002. Click here for the complete Question and Answer
  8. [Three questions in regard to the use of piano in hymns.]
    Click here for the complete Questions and Answer

  9. "Some of the choir members don't look like and act like choir. So what can the priest and the board can do to make them better just like the one we see in Ethiopia."
    December 10, 2002. Click here for the complete Questions and Answer
  10. "Can we eat fish during the fasting season?"
    March 3, 2003. Click here for the complete Questions and Answer
  11. "What is the meaning and significance of Tabot."
    April 16, 2003. Click here for the complete Questions and Answer
  12. "And my other question is about "sebatu mesetirate betekeresetian," how they are taking place and by whom and related ideas."
    October 6, 2003. Click here for the complete Questions and Answer
  13. "I know the Coptic Church uses the Coptic and Aramaic language during Masses, as the traditional Roman Catholic uses Latin. What language does the Ethiopian Orthodox Church use during Mass?"
    December 29, 2003. Click here to view the answer
  14. "I don't always eat breakfast before I come to church on Sundays but there are times I do for whatever reasons. As long as I am not going to take the communion, is it a sin for me to eat something before church is over? And is the tsebel not going to do me any good because I had eaten something?"
    January 6, 2003. Click here to view the answer
  15. "... Here in Addis Ababa we face so many problems about fasting. Some of them say there is no two GAHD meaning we don't have to fast on the eve of GENA and Timiket only. What is the truth, which has come from our fathers?"
    January 17, 2003. Click here to view the answer
  16. [This question is in regard to obtaining a litergy book]
    November 5, 2003. Click here for the complete Question and Answer.
  17. "I want to know about "amalaginet" can you brief me from the bible about it?"
    March 12, 2003. Click here to view the answer
  18. " ... question is regarding the way we sing in this period of fasting. I might have been ill informed, but isn't the Kebero and Chibcheba the same. Why are we using Chibcheba while we holdback from using kebero..."
    March 10, 2003. Click here for the complete Question and Answer.
  19. "Explain about St. Yared's songs and rhythms. I request this in the name of GOD."
    March 16, 2004. Click here to view the answer

Answers

  1. "It is indicated in our church that Mariam tamaledalech" is there anywhere in the Bilble that it is stated in Black and white?"

    Your question simply is, if there is any evidence in the Bible whether Virgin Mary is intercessory or not. Our answer is an emphatic Yes! To start with lets take a look as to how the holy Bible addresses the role of Saints and holy ones as intermediators and intercessors. In addition we shall discuss the reason why the need for their intervention. Finally we will deal with the question concerning Virgin Mary; and in the process give answer to the frequently asked question as to why ordinary humans are not capable of addressing all issues directly to God.

    Here we cite three examples for consideration.
    1. The individual who has committed crime and sinned is full of guilt and remorse that he will be bashful and reticent to have a face to face confrontation with his adversary. Specially if some one he wronged is a higher authority he will be so perturbed he refrains from going at it alone and by himself.
    2. The bad atmosphere he created would hurt his feelings and the feelings of others that he finds it almost impossible to face the reality alone.
    3. The higher up authority makes the way and eases the situation by communicating through an intermediator.
    As cited above a very humble person prefers the Saints' intercession who act as messengers to deliver his penance and other pleas to the Almighty. By doing so he will be relieved of his immense burden and any contemptuous and discourteous act. In addition, since the Saints and other principalities' prayer is well received in God's Kingdom our pleas likewise will be received appropriately.

    There are several examples in the Bible which explain God's guidance regarding those who seek intermediators who are near and dear to Him.
    Genesis 20:7 "… but now send back the man's wife; he is a prophet and will intercede on your behalf, and you will live."
    Job 42:8 " Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to my servant Job and offer a whole-offering for yourselves, and he will intercede for you."
    Luke 16: … " If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets they will pay no heed."
    Deuteronomy 32: 7 " Remember the days of old, think of the years age upon age; ask your father to inform you, the elders to tell you."
    Genesis 19:29 "… When God destroyed the cities of the plain, he took thought for Abraham by rescuing Lot from the total destruction of the cities.
    Also see Gen. 18:26-32 and 1Kings 11:9-13.

    One may raise the question: how do saints and principalities know human's wishes and aspirations? Again the answer is in the Bible. We can cite several examples as to their knowledge and eternal honor as follows. In 2nd Kings 5:25-27, 2nd Kings 6:12, Acts 5:3-9 " … those who buried your husband are there at the door, and they will carry you away. See also 1 Corin. 13:12, Luke 10:16 and Rom. 8:32.
    The above Biblical references indicate what those God's prophets and holy men did in their lifetime as high and honorable devotees. One may ask again what about after their death?

    Their role after they physically depart from this world need to be addressed. Most humans have not grasped the fact that redemption and salvation is inherent in those chosen and honored by God. Therefore, the saintly and redeemed can rule over the sinned and living ones. 2nd Kings 13:21 " … Once some men were burying a dead man when they caught sight of the raiders, and they threw the body into the grave of Elisha and made off. When the body touched the prophet's bones, the man came to life and rose to his feet." See also Samuel 28:15-19,Wisdom 4:14-16

    Those who are holy live after death just like the angels in the spiritual realm serving God incessantly and praising the Lord. Their services include praying and supplication for those who have sinned. Matt. 18:10 " See that you do not despise one of these little ones; I tell you they have their angels in heaven, who look continually on the face of my heavenly father." Luke 15:10 "… In the same way, I tell you there is joy among the angels of God over the sinner who repents." See also Matt. 22:30-33.

    In the above citations we have briefly described those holy ones and the prominent intermediatory role they play while serving those cast as sinners. Neverthless, we have not abandoned the fundamental question directed at Virgin Mary. The question that still remains is, "… is Mary an intercessor? " Once we have established the above facts direct from the Bible, we deduce that Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, whose divinity is unquestioned, who is praised and honored by all is indeed the True Intercessor.

    Although St. Mary's role is not widely revealed and stated in the Bibl, we find in John 2:1-6 a clear documentation for those who want a scoreboard- point and counter-point argument. "… Two days later there was a wedding at Cana-in Galilee… The wine gave out, so Jesus's mother said to him, " They have no wine left." Following her plea, she ordered the servants with confidence, " Do whatever he tells you." Soon after the water in the jars was filled, the water turned into wine. We think this example will be enough to satisfy any one who attempts to denigrate the divine Mother.

    We should also pay attention to the fact that intercessory angels and holy saints, have mediated while alive and have also continued their services after their death as indicated in the Bible. Therefore, since St. Mary's glory and power far exceeds those of angels and saints, the answer is yes, The Immaculate Holy Mary is an intercessor.


  2. "What is Sin?"

    To answer this question we cite few examples from the Bible.

    First of all sin means wrongdoing, the transgression of the law, evildoing, viciousness, unfaithful life and going about ungodly ways. However, the biggest sin of all is to be unfaithful to God. Luke 15:18 " I will go at once to my father, and say to him, ' Father I have sinned against God and against you'" Rom. 8:7 " For the outlook of the unspiritual nature is enmity with God; it is not subject to the law of God and indeed it cannot be." See also Psalms 50:4, Rom. 3:11 Romans 14:23 "… But anyone who has misgivings and yet eats is guilty, because his action does not arise from conviction is sin. I John 3:4 " To commit is to break God's law; for sin is lawlessness." See Jacob 2:10 and 8:11 for more.


  3. "Is it true that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church accept the apocryphal book of Enoch as part of the Holy Bible? Please reply as soon as possible"

    The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has accepted it as part of the bible. For further study and evidence you can read what is known as the 81 EOTC Bible.



  4. "how you guys doing is everything go on ok in church i jsut want ask the quastion. it is about in the church why dose the kids go out side while the kidase time or when the priscet teach uss//??????????????that is #1 the #2 is why people were shese in side of the mekides that is disrespacting the church and the ethiopian church?????????????or when there is wading ceramony????????the #3 why don't the people get up and sing whith choir is it the song it don't make any seanse or this is america and you don't getup pray or sing with them why is that please respond my e-mail i reall want to this better suggestion if you guys don't understan please e-mail me any time i reall care about church that is why sorry. thank you anyway may God help you out with anything hells"

    Your question is of the atmost importance to Our Church and is one of the most important aspects of The Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Tradition. The guiding book or manual dealing with rules and disciplines of the Sunday Services is not available to the public and the parishners yet. Meanwhile, as you mentioned rules must be respected at all times, and the following concerns you mentioned need answers.

    1. Why people wear shoes inside the Mekdes? Owr church welcomes all - new and regular worshipers who are familiar with the Orthodox Church tradition. In most instances it is the new guests who step inside the worship hall without taking off shoes. As you stressed in your second question again and again this incident or "disrespect" takes place during wedding ceremony. As we learnt from the clergy and some board members the Church's tradition and the shoe discipline is often mentioned well in advance before the wedding arrangements take place. Very often the reason given is that the ceremonial cloth of the bride makes it hard to move barefooted. During such ceremony many foreigners who attend the wedding who have never been to our church before wear shoes. Thus wearing shoes during such service has become the norm and many feel that it has to change. So it is a matter of constant education and reminder that can change this reality. There is a manual being prepared to address this kind of issues.

    2. Regarding the kids' participation; the only answer we have for the time being is that since the Sunday School is being conducted at the same time with the Sermon, after they receive communion they have to go to their classroom. This schedule has been maintained for a long time because the parents have to take their kids home after the service and the present condition exists due to time management. In the future we should give the kids opportunity at least to listen to the Choir via close circuit TV or live internet webcast of the program.

    3.Here again you have a very good point. Why people don't get up and sing? The choir leaders and our priests have for a long time appealed to the members to show enthusiasm and sing together with the choir in a spirited fashion. Even better as you suggested to get up from their seats. The only way we can overcome and forget our shyness is when our belief is stronger and exceeds any fear for public opinion. Thru constant education and pressure we are heading in participatory worship program.




  5. "First of all, I would like to thank you for the great website you have made. God bless you. Secondly, under Educational Material, you posted the topic "Why do the Ethiopian and the European (Gregorian) calendar differ?" When I read this topic, I've seen some discripancies on the calculations.
    For example, the topic said, When Adam became the father of Seth he was 230. But, when I refer to the Bible, he was 130. When Seth became the father of Enosh he was 205. But, when I refer to the Bible, he was 105. When Enosh became the father of Kenan he was 190. But, when I refer to the Bible, he was 90. When Kenan became the father of Mahalalel he was 170. But, when I refer to the Bible, he was 70. and so on...
    There is a difference of 100 years for each person.There is another one which says,When Nahor became the father of Terah he was 109. But according to the Bible, he was 29. Can you explain for me the reason why there is a difference?" This is not really a question but a correction. Is this true?"


    We appreciate your particular interest in our Church's website. We encourage you to visit our site again and forward all your questions and comments. We will do our best to give you an in depth and satisfactory answer to all the questions you might have.

    Your latest question is based on the difference between the Ethiopian and Western calendar. When Adam gave birth to Seth, he was 230 yrs old. In the same way when Seth gave birth to Henos he was 205 yrs old, this according to the Ethiopian Bible. But the question is… how come the Western Bible says Adam's age was 130 and Seth's 105? Obviously you have observed the 100 yrs difference.

    The reason is that the Jews would not recognize Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the Messiah- the one who descended from heaven and was born in flesh from Virgin Mary. Thus, according to their proclamation they would wait another 100 yrs to see the birth of their true Messiah instead of accepting Jesus Christ who was their contemporary. In order to justify their calculation they deducted hundred years from the elders' age in the Bible including Adam's. Hence we witness the discrepancy. Our Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church refers to the edited version of the Jew's Bible as perverted fact written by those who are wicked. We believe the correct age for Adam was 230 and Seth's age at that time was 105.


  6. "Is emperor salassie god? like the rastafarians say? do your beliefs line up with the rastafarian faith?"

    No, he is not. Please refer to our belief by clicking here.



  7. "I try my best to write about one of our holiday Meskel, but I couldn't find much, so if you can help me out.
    1. What is the story about Meskel? 2. How do we celebrate and when do we ? I hope i get an answer from you thank you .
    "

    Please click here to get information on Meskel (Finding of the true cross).



  8. [Here are the three questions in regard to the use of a piano in hymns]

    "Dear brothers and sisters,
    While your site is attractive and informative, some of the songs you have posted are way out of our church's tradition. You better stick to our traditions than try to embrace that of western "churches". Otherwise, I think, you have to strip "the Ethiopian" label you attached to your church. God be with you in your endeavours.
    Your brother in Christ"
    December 29, 2002

    "… is that the Choir uses a piano, -an instrument that is not allowed for worship- in their songs. I was also offered to purchase a CD by your choir which actually ruined many legitimate songs by adding a pinao. Why is this so?? Do you not regard yourselves as adherents of the EOTC?? From what I saw during my presence amongst you and what I am reading on your website everything about you is orthodox tewahedo. Then whay are you including a reformationist (Tehadeso) elements in your worship???? I am racking my brain trying to find out. First of all it does not even sound good at all. Second it is foreign to our church. Are you bitten by the "MINALEBET" bug???? I hope you will come to youe senses and do the right thing."
    January 21, 2003

    "Surfing the Web, I came across you Page. I was so impressed with the Style and the content of it. It feels so good to see the Sons and Daughters of Orthodox Tewahido Church getting together and build a beautiful Web Page like this. I hope other churches in various parts of the World will follow your footsteps. Your Web site is not just a nice page that is built beautifully. It is also a page that contains many information. I learned a lot, and I make sure I spread the word so that others would learn from it too. The only problem (question) I have is with the Mezmurs. In many areas of our churches, Church leaders and Preachers are strictly against the use of Modern Musical Instruments like Keyboard(Organ) in our Mezmurs. Your choir, however, uses it in some mezmurs. My questions is, who is right? how do you decide in using those instruments? was there any oppositions? If I have to give my opinion in this matter, I would say it(Keyboard) should't be used. To me, it sounds very strange. Nothing like the sound of Kebro, Kirar, Masinko and Washint. If those aren't found, to stay with ilelta and chibcheba. But I am sure you have a reason why you decided to use it. I would really appretiate it if someone explain this to me. I look forward to hearing from you. Egziabher Ethiopina Haimanotuan Yitebek Dengil Mariam Hulgize Kegna gar Tihun"
    December 27, 2002


    To answer these questions dealing with Yaredawi songs, the Choir and modern instruments, we need to differentiate between our Belief and the "Kenona" (Cannon Law) the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has been administered under and preserved for centuries. Traditional instruments for songs and Yared's hymns are one of the Kenona's, which make the Ethiopian Orthodox Church unique and interesting. However, using a non-traditional instrument like the piano or organ should not be considered sinful. We have to also bear in mind that the ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church used all the instruments available to it at that time. But it doesn't mean that these instruments will stay the same forever. They change with the change in society and technology. Let's first examine what the Bible says on these instruments:

    Psalms 150: 4 - 6
    Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! LET EVERYTHING THAT BREATHES PRAISE THE LORD! However, in the equivalent Amharic version of these verses, we can argue that one of our traditional instruments, "Kirar" is not mentioned. So why is it okay for us to use Kirar when it is not specifically mentioned in the Amharic version of the Bible? But again it says, "estinfas yalew hulu Egziabeheren yamesgin!" Yes, this should be the key to these questions. Why bother how we praise Him as long as we are glorifying His name and practicing our Belief. All good things are from God and for the glory of God.

    When we don't use Begena, Masinko or Kirar for the moment for logical and other reasons, it doesn't mean that we are undermining our tradition or worshiping Western culture. Aren't we all using the Internet, which is a creation of Western culture to stay in touch with the world? And why are we using CD's or cassettes to record our songs, which Dawit or Yared did not have in their time? Yes, we do use what the 21st century made available to us as long as it is not changing the essence of our FAITH. Isn't it preferred to use any instrument and praise one GOD in peace? One needs to appreciate the fact that people here come every Sunday from far and near, sacrificing personal life and worship according to tradition. It is this BIG SUCCESS we need to consider, the church's unprecedented services to the hundreds and thousands of Christians in southern California in more than twenty years.

    A lot of times we seem to be fixated more on the visual things than what is coming out of our mouth or whether our heart is clean and doing what the Bible teaches us to do. Like fasting from certain food items by itself does not do us any good if we let our heart surrender to the devil's work as that would only make us hypocrites. It is what comes out of the mouth not what goes in to the mouth that matters. "From the same mouth come (both) blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way" James 3:10. If man is God's creation, aren't all these innovations creations of God's blessing? Who said they are sin and evil? If Kidus Yared had been present among us today, he would have used all these innovations and composed songs that would be heard in every corner of this planet and reached the stars and the heavens. We too are building a church in Los Angeles, a Hi-Tech capital of the world, using whatever is at our disposal, including the INTERNET bringing every body together to worship GOD and spread His "WORD" throughout the world. We have to remember that all good things are from our Creator for us to make use of.

    There are so many scenarios that seem controversial but we tend to do anyway. We can argue, why go to the doctor seeking help? Why use anesthesia, bone marrow transplant, HIV treatment, etc.? Why don't we use those medicines our great ancestors used to use? Of course, time has changed and God has made us invent all these new technologies to save lives. Would using these new happenings change our Belief in God? Of course not! We know God sends His healing through the doctor and all the medicines He let us invent. We should not make our life so complicated dwelling on peripheral issues that do not harm our real Belief. No question that we love Yared's hymns, traditional instruments and all the cultures our church is teaching together with the religion and we have no intention of changing any of it, but glorifying God by all means available comes above all these. Let's not spend too much time on things that seem to be politicized, but focus on our FAITH. We should rather spend our time on substantial and constructive issues, worshiping God and keeping our Unity, Love, Peace and Friendship. This is what the "WORD" instructs us do!

  9. "Some of the choir members don't look like and act like choir. So what can the priest and the board can do to make them better just like the one we see in Ethiopia. I know that they don't have a time to practice. But at least they can do better than that. Thank you ... and what I have to do to join the choir." December 10, 2002

    Everyone who comes to church needs to come with clean heart, good spirit and good attire etiquette. And the choir, being the icon of the church's youth community, should be a good role model for this. Like we don't dress up sloppy for job interviews or some important occasions, we should also respect the house of God. Come clean, properly and avoid being out of the ordinary. It is a place for us to worship not a place to just hang out or meet people. The church always teaches its parishioners about their culture, what is appropriate and not, in conjunction with the religion. The rest depends on parents; they should play a big role in educating their kids.

    Apart from that, it will be the choir committee's responsibility to manage its members based on its bylaws. And all its members need to abide by the committee's bylaws approved by the clergy and all its members. However, we need to understand the fact that we may not be able to do every thing exactly like we see in Ethiopia due to the life style we are leading in this part of the world and because the 21st century technology has changed things and life. We can only try whatever we can to keep up to tradition as close to hundred percent as possible. This tells us to focus more on the Belief than the Kenona and not be passionate about comparisons of Churches in America and Ethiopia. And finally to join the choir, you can always contact the group to get a detailed explanation of what is required of you to be part of the group.

  10. "Can we eat fish during the fasting season? As you know, we always have big problem on it. I don't think our Fathers reached to the conclusion regarding fish. Because some of them say it can be eaten. Some say no. They are still arguing on this issue. Therefore I would like you to give me a proper answer." March 3, 2003.

    This question deals more with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's Canon Law (Kenona). And because of this, there may not be a definitive solution to the issue; the discussion and argument can go on indefinitely. But to give a "yes" or "no" answer, in 1986 the EOTC Synod decided that "fish" should NOT be used as a fasting food. Having said this however, our focus should not be on what is allowed to eat or not to eat during lent or any fasting season. Yes we need to fast and Christ instructs us to fast, Matthew 9:14-15 "Then the disciples of John came to Him saying, why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast? And Jesus said to them, can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast." However we should not be obsessed so much with these details. Instead, we should focus more on fasting from bad behavior, sin, crime, addiction, intrigue, and all other anti-Christian characteristics. We usually seem to be concerned more about what goes in to our mouth rather than what comes out.

    Lent should be the time when we should set our mind free from any evil thinking and do what the WORD instructs every Christian do, not just fasting from certain food items. Of course we should deny ourselves from injecting too much lavish food and extravaganza and go inside ourselves in a humble way. We fast from such food items to weaken our body, as that's when we can spend more time talking with God and remember Christ's suffering for all humankind. If fasting was a matter of just focusing on what to eat or drink and not to, we wouldn't really be doing a spiritual fast as there are so many kinds of foods that substitute the meat and the fish and non-alcohol beverages that can replace the champagne. So if one indulges day after day in these substitute food items during lent or any fasting season, does that mean they are really doing a spiritual fast? So even if we avoid eating fish, it doesn't mean that we are practicing a spiritual fast if we are fasting like the hypocrites or don't make our fast a genuine one. Again, since this is a question of Kenona, whether the answer is right or wrong can be argued endlessly. A simple advice is, "if in doubt, better not do it." Good if we starve for Jesus Christ!



  11. "I have a question in regard to Tabot. What is the meaning and significance of Tabot. And for which holidays does Tabot come out? Thank you in advance for your help and for providing this discussion forum." Decmber 16, 2002

    Please click here for the answer to the above question.


  12. "And my other question is about "sebatu mesetirate betekeresetian," how they are taking place and by whom and related ideas."
    October 6, 2003.


    Please click here for the answer to the above question.



  13. "I know the Coptic Church uses the Coptic and Aramaic language during Masses, as the traditional Roman Catholic uses Latin. What language does the Ethiopian Orthodox Church use during Mass?" December 29, 2003.

    The Ethiopian Orthodox Church conducts the mass in Geez, the root of the Amharic language – the national language of Ethiopia. Apart from that, all other teachings and services are conducted in Amharic. And to help people follow the mass in the languages they understand better, the church provides them with Liturgy Books that have translations of the Geez language into Amharic and English. In addition to the Liturgy Book, some churches use PowerPoint screening during Sunday Services and on Holidays applying all the three languages - Geez, Amharic and English.



  14. "I don't always eat breakfast before I come to church on Sundays but there are times I do for whatever reasons. As long as I am not going to take the communion, is it a sin for me to eat something before church is over? And is the tsebel not going to do me any good because I had eaten something?" January 6, 2003.

    Having something to eat in the morning before coming to church is not considered as a sin. In other words, one should not avoid coming to church in the morning just because they can’t attend the mass with an empty stomach. The EOTC accepts everyone equally. But its Canon Law (Kenona) requires people to be fasting when coming to Sunday morning services unless they have health issues. Coming to your second question, however, we cannot have the Holy Communion and Holy Water after having something to eat. They have to be taken with an empty stomach. This is out of respect for both the Holy Communion that is considered as the flesh and blood of Christ and the Holy Water, which is believed to be sacred and healing.



  15. "Before I say something let me say something. Enkuan Lebeale Timketu Besela Betena Aderesachihu. Having said this, I would like to ask one question for today. Here in Addis Ababa we face so many problems about fasting. Some of them say there is no two GAHD meaning we don't have to fast on the eve of GENA and Timiket only. What is the truth, which has come from our fathers?" January 17, 2003.

    The EOTC recognizes only one Gehad – a day of fast on the eve of Timket (Epiphany). We don’t have a Gehad Tsom for Gena (Christmas) because we already have a fasting season (lent) for Gena.



  16. "I m a new member at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Newark, New Jersey the services are very uplifting. I really enjoy going but I feel lost because I don't have the Liturgy or the blue book. My question is how do I go about getting it. I've been everywhere looking for it. They did have it at the church for sell but that was before I started going there. I feel left out when am at church can you please help me?"
    November 5, 2003


    Thank for visiting our Website. The full version of the liturgy book for the two types of liturgies, Anaphora of the Apostles and Anaphora of St. Dioscorus, is available in our Website in four dialects: Ge'ez, Amharic, English, and English phonetic transcription. For your information, there are about fourteen different liturgies conducted at different times and seasons. We also have a hard copy of the book available for sell at a price of $10 plus shipping and handling. Please check the following link for the on-line version of our Liturgy book: http://www.ethiopianorthodoxchurch.org/belief/images/kidase1.pdf you will also find a lot more information in the Website. Please visit us again.



  17. "I want to know about "amalaginet" can you brief me from the bible about it?" March 12, 2003.

    This question has been partially answered in the past. See the one about "Mariam tamalidalech?" There are many references cited with regard to that answer. In addition, the EOTC believes in the intercession of Saints as well as our Beloved Virgin Mary. In our private prayers and during the Liturgy, we call on their names to serve us in their Angelic role as well as be intermediary. By using intercessors, however, we are not abandoning the direct route to salvation through Jesus Christ as is taught in John 14:6 " Jesus saith unto him: I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes unto the father, but by me."



  18. "In the name of the FATHER the SON and the Holy spirit I would like to extend my deep heart gratitude to my brothers and sisters in Christ. I admire and appreciate your effort, which resulted in such a lively and informative Website it is an icon for the EOTC. My question is regarding the way we sing in this period of fasting. I might have been ill informed, but isn't the Kebero and Chibcheba the same. Why are we using Chibcheba while we holdback from using kebero. Isn't chibcheba also a sign of pleasure? Shouldn't we sing 'bearmimo' and thinking of what our LORD went through to save us? I hope you will shine some light on these and save plenty from thinking otherwise. GOD BE WITH US ALL" March 10, 2003.

    There is distinct difference the way we sing during fasting and in the none-fasting period. During fasting the songs are less celebratory and more focused on the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we don't use the KEBERO, the drum, during fasting. Instead we try to go deep within and cut most amenities associated with worldly pleasure. The KEBERO'S pulsating sound is often associated with sensual pleasure. However, the CHIBCHEBA, using hand clapping is allowed to accompany the rhythm and the melody of the songs. In the countryside of Ethiopia, long skinny sticks are also used together with the clapping. "BEARMIMO" or silent prayer and meditation would be the ideal form of worship in solitary environment like the Monastery. But in an urban location like LA where hundreds of parishioners want to participate in remembering and honoring their Almighty through songs it's hard to use BEARMIMO.



  19. "Explain about St. Yared's songs and rhythms. I request this in the name of GOD." March 16, 2004

    In order to comprehensively answer the origin of St. Yared's songs and rhythm, we have to include a brief summary of his biography and his association with the ancient practice of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Faith. Refer to the feature article posted on St Yared. Meanwhile, we can briefly point out that all his songs and compositions were divinely inspired as was his thorough knowledge of the ancient scriptures written in Geez.

    Born about 519 A.D. at Axum, he perceived his first inspirational awakening while resting at Menelik 1st gravesite and watching the struggling tiny creature succeed after several attempts and crawling to another branch. The young Yared soon went back to school, and in the subsequent years his genius ecclesiastical work started unfolding. Because of his celebrated work and fame, some foreign scholars distort history and attempt to claim him as one of theirs by stripping off his Ethiopian nationality.

    His most noted contribution is the entire composition of the rhythm the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church uses during the Liturgy, prayer songs, and songs of the choir. Many historians talk about his divine knowledge of songs as having their source in the Heavens. Many also confirm the fact that his songs had so much depth, beauty and power that their impact would be felt by all beings in the surrounding areas. When he played, animals would freeze on the spot and rocks would crack. He also played and sang his famous song, "ARAYAM BE SEMAY" in front of The Ark of The Covenant at Axum Tsion.

 

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