Filseta: A Blessed 15 Days of August

Tsom Filseta  Why do we Fast? In Tewahdo Orthodox Church Holy Tradition, every feast is preceded by fasting and prayer. Fasting plays an important role as a moral and spiritual discipline. Fasting is an offering, a voluntary refraining from that which one is allowed, springs from the love and respect...

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IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD.  AMEN Today the church celebrates St.Peter and St. Paul's martyrdom at the hand the Roman empire for preaching the Christian faith. St.Petros died on an upside down cross because he said he was not worthy...

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The Feast of the Ascension (Erget)

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit One God Amen. Ascension (Erget)             God has gone up with a shout, The Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47: 5-7 The Eritrean...

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In the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God Amen May 1st, Miyaziya 23 (Geez calendar) the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church commemorates the martyrdom of the Prince of Martyrs, the holy and honored, the great star of the East, the fighter, the beloved, strong...

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Tsome Filseta: St. Mary Fast

Filseta is one of the seven canonized fasts of the our church, which is observed as a remembrance of the fast the apostles held in passion of witnessing the falling asleep and assumption of Saint Maryam (Mary). It covers the period from the 1st to the 15th of Nehasie (August 7-22). Filseta literally means movement in the Ge’ez language, and is used to refer to St. Mary’s assumption.

We are fasting to receive the forgiveness of sin through the blessing and prayer of St. Mary

We are fasting to see St. Mary as the disciples saw her after fasting twice for 16 days; and see her miracles in our own life.

For God to grant us our wish that is consistent with His will through the intercession of St. Mary.

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