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The Season of Mercy | Zemene Astem'hiro

In our church this season from Hidar 6 util Tahsas 7 or 13 is known as Zemene Astem’hro. Astm’hiro comes from the Ge’ez word “mehare | መሐረ’ meaning the merciful, forgiveness season. During this time we remember God’s mercy towards us, that he does not retain our sins and He is near to mercy, slow to wrath. The church prays to God for her children's sins to be forgiven, and teaches the believers to forgive each other Matthew 6:14-15. The Sunday’s within this season named by St Yared. Their names being Astem'hro (Mercy), Mikurab (Temple), Mets'agu'i (Infirmity) and Debre Ziet (Mt. of Transfiguration). The first Sunday is Astme’hiro, the other Sundays’ name are familiar with the those of the Lent season, it should be noted that the readings, teachings and the mezmur’s sung are different.

Students spend 4 hours a day learning the ancient scriptures in Ge'ez at the Debre Bizen Monastery, 8,000 feet above sea level and 20kms from Asmara, the capital of Eritrea.


"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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We kiss the hands of bishops and priests because in the context of the Divine Liturgy, the hands hold and distribute the holy Body and Blood of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ! This is an enduring and centuries old tradition in the Eastern Christendom that has a purely metaphorical connotation; of course, this is not to leave out..... Read More »

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We should not participate in any dance because dancing involves bodily movements which are sexually suggestive and can be classified under the heading of "lasciviousness or lewdness" (Gal 5:19-21). Surely a Christian would not want to engage in that type of activity. The close body contact or the erotic movements that characterize so many of the rock-oriented dances would arouse..... Read More »

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Life = Jesus Christ "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). 
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that..... Read More »

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We believe the Virgin Mary is sinless (Free from the sin of Adam) Sin entered the world first when Adam and eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree that was not allowed for them to eat. Gen 2:16-17, Gen 3:1-24, Romans 6:23. After eating the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam and eve lost their . As..... Read More »

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The answer to this question is simple as our scholar father John Chrysostom said "The Law of the King [Fitha Negest] - A Christian must not go to a wedding {nuptial banquet] to clap his hand rhythmically or to dance with his feet; rather he shall eat in a quiet way as is proper to saint.  Chapter 11. or 446..... Read More »

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Dating, especially at school age or early college life is in itself  very much related to lack of maturity. It is a relation not in due time and not according to God's natural laws. Solomon the wise prophet said, "To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the Heaven. A time to be born, and a..... Read More »

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