Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Visitation - Maryam, the Ark of God, Carries God Incarnate in Her Womb

 
In commemorating the visit of the Virgin Maryam to her kinswoman Elizabeth, we are reminded that our Lord Eyesus Kristos was God Incarnate even in the Virgin's womb. Elizabeth cries out, "And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1.43)." This is Scriptural support for the Dogma of the Theotokos, proclaimed in the 3rd Ecumenical Council (431. C.E.).  Eyesus Kristos is "Light from Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, of one Essence with the Father." This is the Orthodox Tewahido Faith. Maryam represents the Ark of the Covenant. This symbolism is not only held by the Church Fathers, but emphasized in the Kebra Nagast, the Glory of Kings, the national narrative of Ethiopian Christianity.


[1] Praise the LORD!
 Praise, O servants of the LORD,
 praise the name of the LORD!
[2] Blessed be the name of the LORD
 from this time forth and for evermore!
[3] From the rising of the sun to its setting
 the name of the LORD is to be praised!
[4] The LORD is high above all nations,
 and his glory above the heavens!
[5] Who is like the LORD our God,
 who is seated on high,
[6] who looks far down
 upon the heavens and the earth?
[7] He raises the poor from the dust,
 and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
[8] to make them sit with princes,
 with the princes of his people.
[9] He gives the barren woman a home,
 making her the joyous mother of children.
 Praise the LORD!

- Psalm 113 RSV


Hannah also prayed and said,
"My heart exults in the LORD;
 my strength is exalted in the LORD.
 My mouth derides my enemies,
 because I rejoice in thy salvation.
[2] "There is none holy like the LORD,
 there is none besides thee;
 there is no rock like our God.
[3] Talk no more so very proudly,
 let not arrogance come from your mouth;
 for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
 and by him actions are weighed.
[4] The bows of the mighty are broken,
 but the feeble gird on strength.
[5] Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
 but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
 The barren has borne seven,
 but she who has many children is forlorn.
[6] The LORD kills and brings to life;
 he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
[7] The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
 he brings low, he also exalts.
[8] He raises up the poor from the dust;
 he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
 to make them sit with princes
 and inherit a seat of honor.
 For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S,
 and on them he has set the world.
[9] "He will guard the feet of his faithful ones;
 but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
 for not by might shall a man prevail.
[10] The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
 against them he will thunder in heaven.
 The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
 he will give strength to his king,
 and exalt the power of his anointed."

- 1 Samuel 2.1-10 RSV

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
[10] love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
[11] Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
[12] Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
[13] Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
[14]
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
[15] Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
[16] Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited.

- Romans 12.9-16 RSV

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah,
[40] and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth.
[41] And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
[42] and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
[43] And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
[44] For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.
[45] And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
[46] And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
[47] and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
[48] for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
 For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
[49] for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
 and holy is his name.
[50] And his mercy is on those who fear him
 from generation to generation.
[51] He has shown strength with his arm,
 he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
[52] he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
 and exalted those of low degree;
[53] he has filled the hungry with good things,
 and the rich he has sent empty away.
[54] He has helped his servant Israel,
 in remembrance of his mercy,
[55] as he spoke to our fathers,
 to Abraham and to his posterity for ever."
[56] And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

- Luke 1.39-56 RSV






Friday, May 27, 2016

Religion Must Guide Us

"To make our wills obedient to good influences and to avoid evil, therefore, is to show the greatest wisdom. In order to follow this aim one must be guided by religion. Progress without religion is just like a life surrounded by unknown perils and can be compared to a body without a soul. All human inventions, from the most primitive tool to the modern atom, can help man greatly in his peaceful endeavors. But if they are put to evil purposes they have the capacity to wipe out the human race from the surface of the earth. It is only when the human mind is guided by religion and morality that man can acquire the necessary vision to put all his ingenuous inventions and contrivances to really useful and beneficial purposes."

His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, April 5, 1948

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Eyesus Kristos, the God of Ethiopia

"And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Eyesus Kristos."

John 17.3



Prince and princesses shall come out of Babylon
Ethiopians now stretch forth their hands unto God.
O Thou God of Ethiopia, Thy divine Majesty,
Thy Spirit has come into our hearts
To dwell in the paths of righteousness, lead us,
Help us to forgive that we may be forgiven;
Teach us love, loyalty on earth as it is in Zion.
Endow us with Thy wisdom,
Knowledge and overstanding to do Thy will.
Thy blessing to us, that hungry may be fed, the naked clothed,
The sick nourished, the aged protected and the infants cared for.
Deliver us from the hands of our enemies
That we may be fruitful in the last days
When our enemies are past and decayed:
In the depths of the sea, in the depths of the earth,
Or in the belly of the beast.
O give us all a place in Thy kingdom forever and ever.

Selah***

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Virgin Maryam's Protection from the Enemy


“We say to you, prostrating ourselves, Peace be unto you Mary our Mother.
 We beseech you; we cling unto you against the hunting serpent.

 Virgin, for the sake of your Mother Hanna and your Father Joachim, bless our congregation today”.

-from the Eritrean Orthodox Daily Prayers

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Abuna Yesehaq on the Apostolic Nature of the Ethiopian Church

 
"The teaching of the Ethiopian Church is founded on the Apostles’ experience of the Lord Iyesus Kristos as the Creator and Savior of the world and on the conviction that the Holy Spirit is in the church".

- His Eminence Abuna Yesehaq (The Ethiopian Tewahedo Church, p.101)
 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Coming of the Holy Ghost - Pentecost


24 O Jehovah, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: The earth is full of thy riches.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, Wherein are things creeping innumerable, Both small and great beasts.
26 There go the ships; There is leviathan, whom thou hast formed to play therein.
27 These wait all for thee, That thou mayest give them their food in due season.
28 Thou givest unto them, they gather; Thou openest thy hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled; Thou takest away their breath, they die, And return to their dust.
30 Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created; And thou renewest the face of the ground.
31 Let the glory of Jehovah endure for ever; Let Jehovah rejoice in his works:
32 Who looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; He toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing unto Jehovah as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.
34 Let thy meditation be sweet unto him: I will rejoice in Jehovah.
35 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth. And let the wicked be no more. Bless Jehovah, O my soul. Praise ye Jehovah.

- Psalm 104.24-35

1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
6 And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speaking in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying, Behold, are not all these that speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we, every man in our own language wherein we were born?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judaea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia,
10 in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabians, we hear them speaking in our tongues the mighty works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 But others mocking said, They are filled with new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake forth unto them, [saying], Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give ear unto my words.
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is [but] the third hour of the day.
16 but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh: And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams:
18 Yea and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days Will I pour forth of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heaven above, And signs on the earth beneath; Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the day of the Lord come, That great and notable [day].
21 And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

- Acts.2-1-21

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; how sayest thou, Show us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask anything in my name, that will I do.
15 If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever,
17 [even] the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you.

- John 14.8-17

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Ascension of Eyesus Kristos


READINGS FOR THE ASCENSION

1 Oh clap your hands, all ye peoples; Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
2 For Jehovah Most High is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth.
3 He subdueth peoples under us, And nations under our feet.
4 He chooseth our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom he loved. Selah
5 God is gone up with a shout, Jehovah with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praise to God, sing praises: Sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth: Sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the nations: God sitteth upon his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples are gathered together [To be] the people of the God of Abraham: For the shields of the earth belong unto God; He is greatly exalted.

- Psalm 47 ASV

1 Jehovah reigneth; he is clothed with majesty; Jehovah is clothed with strength; he hath girded himself therewith: The world also is established, that it cannot be moved.
2 Thy throne is established of old: Thou art from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O Jehovah, The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their waves.
4 Above the voices of many waters, The mighty breakers of the sea, Jehovah on high is mighty.
5 Thy testimonies are very sure: Holiness becometh thy house, O Jehovah, for evermore.

- Psalm 93 ASV

15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which [ye show] toward all the saints,
16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention [of you] in my prayers;
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;
18 having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might
20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly [places],
21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church,
23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

- Ephesians 1.15-23 ASV

 1 The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 2 until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom he also showed himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing unto them by the space of forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of God: 4 and, being assembled together with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, [said he], ye heard from me: 5 For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days hence. 6 They therefore, when they were come together, asked him, saying, Lord, dost thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority. 8 But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they were looking stedfastly into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking into heaven? this Jesus, who was received up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into heaven.

 - Acts 1.1-11 ASV


44 And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;
46 and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day;
47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 Ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on high.
50 And he led them out until [they were] over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy
53 and were continually in the temple, blessing God.

- Luke 24.44-53 ASV

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thy Teachers Shall Not Be Hidden Anymore


When I came across this passage of scripture in my reading recently, I was very inspired. It speaks of how our teachers will appear after affliction and hardship. I found that comforting. For me, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I is the teacher that is bringing me the word of JAH and much peace at this time, and of course, Him to Whom His Imperial Majesty points us to, Eyesus Kristos, our God.
 
“And therefore will Jehovah wait, that he may be gracious unto you; and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Jehovah is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for him.

For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; thou shalt weep no more; he will surely be gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear, he will answer thee.

And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be hidden anymore, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers;

and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

 
- Isaiah 30.18-21 ASV

 
 
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

His Imperial Majesty on Christian Zeal

"However wise or however mighty a person may be, he is like a ship without a rudder if he is without God. A rudderless ship is at the mercy of the waves and the wind, drifts wherever they take it and if there arises a whirlwind it is smashed against the rocks and become as if it has never existed. It is our firm belief that a soul without Christ is bound to meet with no better fate.

Therefore, O Christians, let us arise and, with the spiritual zeal and earnestness which characterized the Apostles and the early Christians, let us labor to lead our brothers and sisters to our Saviour Jesus Christ Who only can give life in its fullest sense."

-His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I.