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Ethiopian Church kicks off three days of prayers in a move to deal with newly established illegal patriarchate in Oromia

Egyptian Coptic Church Supports Ethiopian Church. The Holy Synod will have a meeting following the days of prayers to resolve the subversive ordination with the move to establish Oromia Patriarchate  

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His Holiness Abune Mathias during the prayer (Photo credit : EOTC Media)

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The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on Wednesday started three days of prayers as part of the rituals before the meeting of the Holy Synod. The Opening ceremony was held in St. Mariam Church near the Patriarchate. 

Ethiopian Church bishops from across Ethiopia and oversea have arrived at the Patriarchate in Arak Kilo in response to the call from His Holiness Abune Mathias.

His Eminence Abune Petros on Monday called upon Ethiopian Airlines to cooperate and facilitate flights to Addis Ababa.  

Earlier this week His Holiness Abune Mathias announced something unexpected has happened in our church and that the Holy Synod needs to discuss it. 

Out of what appears to be a stint of pacifism, the incident was framed as Episcopal ordination in violation of the canons of the church. 

What really happened was rather a politically motivated breakaway of three bishops who were a member of the Holy Synod with the objective to form an ethnic Oromo-based patriarchate in what is called the Oromia region of Ethiopia. The three bishops ordained 25 other bishops and assigned them to dioceses across the Oromo region of Ethiopia. Implied in their act is that they are taking over Churches in the region. 

The development within the Ethiopian church has generated a great deal of reaction including from non-believers.

Three members of the Holly Synod have been clandestinely working to form an ethnic-Oromo-based separate synod by breaking away from the Ethiopian Patriarchate. Abune Sawiros, Abune Melketsadek and Abune Ewostatewos were the ring leaders in the plot which many saw as a coup d’Saint Synode. The pretext is to provide service in the Oromia region in Oromo language. It has been over a decade since Ethiopian Church started to give service in the language. 

And it was carefully executed a few days ago in a rural church near Wolliso – which is about 110 kilometers south of Addis Ababa- where they ordained about 25 Episcops and bishops in violation of the Ethiopian church’s canon. 

There are all kinds of indications that government authorities had information about what was going on. For example, according to Adebabay Media report, security forces were deployed near the three Bishops ordained bishops and episcopate. Members of the laity who learned about the violation of the Church’s canon and what was underway near Woliso were on their way to halting it but they were reportedly attacked by security forces and turned back. 

The Holy Synod is expected to pass the decision when the meeting is completed and faithful Ethiopians were advised to wait in patience and not engage in any other undesirable activity.

When His Holiness Abune Mathias announced the development, he called on the government to protect churches and the laity. However, there are reports that security forces deployed to protect the patriarchate and the area are withdrawn. 

Meanwhile, one of the ordained bishops submitted a letter of Apology and returned to the Church.  Aba Tsegab Adugna kneeled down at the feet of Abune Petros after finishing reading the letter of apology he prepared. He apologized for being part of an action that caused grief to many Ethiopians, including those outside of the faith. 

Egyptian Coptic Church reacted to the situation

According to a report by EOTC Media, the Egyptian Coptic Church has rejected Abune Sawiros-led schism and the move to install themselves as patriarchates in the Oromo region of Ethiopia.

The Church said that it entirely rejects the move as it is against the ancient Orthodox Church canons. It called the ordination of 26 Bishops illegal. 

The Coptic Church also encouraged Bishops to keep the Orthodox traditions intact and strengthen unity. 

It is unclear if other Orthodox Churches communicated with His Holiness Abune Mathias to express solidarity in the face of what appears to be a government-supported devastating attack on the church. 

For the past four years, the church endured violence and many churches were burned in Oromia regions and several orthodox church followers were killed including priests and deacons. Monasteries were set on fire. The church was restricted from celebrating religious holidays in some places in South Ethiopia. Resistance to it was at times dealt with brute force. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. There is no illegal patriarchate in Oromia, they did n’t nominate patriarch . Don’t lie you are nefetegna and defendin,g neftegna church and its synod

  2. “Ethiopian Church kicks off three days of prayers ” these bishops of EOTC never prayed at all, they declared 3 days of prayers superficially. Our forefathers were praying for several days before excommunicating Arius at Council of Nicaea in 325.

    How could you tempt yourself into swallowing this fake excommunication against bishops who curious to fully exploit their language for the purpose of spreading the gospel. There are many mafias controlling millions belo,ng to the church. And they are running this campaign against newly elected bishops.There is a strong network of people who benefit from controlling every diocese and parish church. Your heart knows that fact that mahibrekidusan and others speaking and crying as if they like and die for the church.

  3. Speak up now and Desperate and on the way out

    ለጥቅማጥቅማቹ በሃይማኖት ሽፋን እንደ ውሻ ቁራ ስትጮሁ መስማት አያስደንቅም፤፤

    no one willm be suprised to people like you crying and inciting violence since you are stealing the church and manipulating the laity with parables and veses that doesn’t fit the situation . YOu are inciting the laity to prepare itself for martyrdom just beacuse bishops of oromia exposed your corrupted act . EOTC and mahibrekidiusan is notorious for robbery, sexual harassment and giving support for political groups.

    You were insulting the patriatrch of EOTC in the following despecable manner ”

    ማሰሰቢያ፦ “ወለእመ ተራድአ በመኳንንተ ዝንቱ ዓለም፡ወተሠይመ ለቤተ ክርስቲያን እምሃቤሆሙ ይትመተር ወይሰደድ ውእቱኒ ወኩሎሙ እለ ተሳተፍዎ”(ፍ.ነ. ፻፸፭) ማለትም፦ “በመንግስት ድጋፍ የተሰየመ ግለ ሰብ ጭንጋፍ ነው”። በቦታው እንዲቀመጥ የተባበሩት ሰዎችም ህይወት የሌለውን ህይወት ያለው በማስመሰል የተባበሩ ናቸውና ጭንጋፎች (ምቱራን) ናቸው። “ይትመተር” ማለት፦ ይጨንገፍ ማለት ነው። “ይሰደድ” ማለት ደግሞ፤ ጭንጋፍ ሆኖ በተወለደ ህይወት አልባ ውራድ ላይ የሚፈጸመው ስርአት ይድረስበት ማለት ነው። ሊወለድ ነው እየተባለ የሚታወጅለት ይህን ግለ ሰብ፤ በመንበሩ ላይ አጽናው ብለን በቅዳሴያችን ልናወሳው ይቅርና፤ “አርህቅ እግዚኦ እምኔየ። ወእምነ ኩሉ ህዝብከ። ወእምዝንቱ መካን ቅዱስ ዘዚአከ”(ሥ.ቅ. ገጽ ፴ ቁ ፴፰) እያልን ከፍ ባለ ድምጻችን ከግላችን፤ ከማህበራችንና ከተቀደሰው መንበራችን እንዲርቅ የምናውጅበት ምቱር ፓትርያርክ ነው።”
    The synod is working with political parties and ethiopian goverment(ወለእመ ተራድአ በመኳንንተ ዝንቱ ዓለም) and should be dismantled since it has no power and godly authority at all(ምቱራን) ናቸው).And any bishop and synod supporting a genocide is not a bishop and synond and can’t excommunicate. እናንተ ልሙጣን ሌቦች ነፍሰ ገዳዮች የማይሆን አሉባልታ እየነዛቹ ንፁሑን አማራ ና ኦሮሞን ለእልቂት አትጋብዙት፤፤

    mahibrekiduisan is stealing riches of church , and should be dismantled from Oromia. And brought to justice.

    It is not you are paid servant ofmahibrekidusan , mafia and known by every church scholars for itrs robbery and political agenda. You are deceiving peoplewho don’t know you here

    you are deleting many comments as you stand with mahibrekidusan leboch mafoyawoch , those who rape ladies inside colleages and universities.

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