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Ethiopian Church declare another three days of fasting and prayer – this time with a call to dress in black

The Ethiopian Church said the government is not enforcing laws as the illegal group is invading church properties in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. Deceleration of fasting and prayer came in response to it.

Ethiopian Church _ Fasting
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The Ethiopian Church on Friday declared three days of prayer and fasting in response to heavy-handed government policy to cuddle the group that declared a patriarchate in Oromia region while continuing to harass those who stood firm with the Ethiopian Church Holy Synod in the region.

This is the second declaration of prayer in less than two weeks in connection with what the Ethiopian Church calls a violation of the church’s canons. The situation is being described in many media outlets as a “schism.” 

The fasting and prayer are declared in a way to coincide with Nineveh fasting, one of the seven fasting of the church. It is based on the Biblical teachings from Jonah 3:5 “So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. “

The statement from the Holy Synod, released today, recalled that the group that drifted from the Church was excommunicated. But the group is not refraining from illegal activities and is getting support from government forces, invading offices of dioceses in the region, and breaking into churches that belong to the Ethiopian church illegally.

The statement also indicated that priests and the laity are being arrested. “Because the government is unable to protect the rights of the church to exercise its law, the Holy Synod found it necessary to pray to the almighty God,” said the statement as an explanation for the purpose of the three days of prayer and fasting. 

The call is addressed to members of the church in and outside of the country. The Holy Synod asked followers of the church to dress in black during the three days of prayer and fasting. The black dress is, it is said, to convey perseverance in adversity. Hundreds of thousands of social media users have already changed profile pictures to black with an emblem of the church in response to the call. Dozens of rallies are also called in North America, Europe and Australia – among others. 

Last week, three Bishops drifted from the Holy Synod of one of the oldest churches in the world in pursuit of an ethnic-based patriarchate to operate from the Oromia region of Ethiopia. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government this week remarked on the situation in the church. He said the matter is “simple” and insinuated dialogue is the best solution in a way giving recognition to the group that drifted away. In fact, he said that he spoke to the group and that “they have valid points.” He framed the issue as if the Ethiopian Church has no interest in providing service in different languages. 

The Holy Synod of has released a statement on Wednesday refuting the Prime Minister’s remarks. In essence, it said the PM is wrong on all of his remarks.  

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Wearing a sackcloth for the sake of restoring wealth and power to Amhara synod and its hegemony is unbiblical and non-dogmatic teaching. We will wear green and violet clothes and honor Christ !!NO biblical verse that support the oppression of one tribe and dictatorial regime of the other in the church or worldly matter. Mahibrekidusan is waging all this war.Dismantle it it now before it is too late.

    Desperate people take desperate measures as tyey don’t find support from the state.

    Viva Abiy Ahmed for sending shame to this wicked people!!

  2. Soon After a meeting held between Abiy Ahmed & TPLF leaders, Fano leaders like Habtamu Ayalew, Tamagne Beyene, Abebe Gelawe ,Henock Alemayehu ze habesha.com zeshokakaw etc are on suicide watch .We are looking fixdely security cameras to save their lives.According to the church laws , OBSEQUIES are NOT performed for those who commit suicide , many be EOTC synod will help these fanos leaders because they are the one who gave the church yard for fanos to do military training and sponsor their killings of non-Amhara ethnic groups.PLease help us taking tuirns and following their gesture on our security camera as we want to save them.

    Wearing sackcloth and crying so as to prolong days of Amhara bishops in Oromya and assist them to grab Oromiyaa’s land and steal our resources is not religious but stemmed from a colonial mentality that was inherited from Coptic corrupted bishops and their robbery for 1600 years.

  3. Soon After a meeting held between Abiy Ahmed & TPLF leaders, Fano leaders like Habtamu Ayalew, Tamagne Beyene, Abebe Gelawe ,Henock Alemayehu ze habesha.com zeshokakaw etc are on suicide watch .We are looking fixdely security cameras to save their lives.According to the church laws , OBSEQUIES are NOT performed for those who commit suicide , many be EOTC synod will help these fanos leaders because they are the one who gave the church yard for fanos to do military training and sponsor their killings of non-Amhara ethnic groups.PLease help us taking tuirns and following their gesture on our security camera as we want to save them.

    Wearing sackcloth and crying so as to prolong days of Amhara bishops in Oromya and assist them to grab Oromiyaa’s land and steal our resources is not religious but stemmed from a colonial mentality that was inherited from Coptic corrupted bishops and their robbery for 1600 years.

  4. What exactly is the problem in mending the rift within the EOTC and working together to transform the Amara Enterprise-like EOTC Synod to an all-inclusive Ethiopian Synod?

    Why hasn’t the EOTC Synod taken corrective measures when the EOTC polarized Ethiopians by becoming more like Amara Enterprise than an Ethiopian Orthodox Synod?

    In its ‘response’ to the Abba Sawiros Group [ASG], why didn’t the EOTC Synod address its “Biased promotion/appointment practices” & “Corrupt fund allocation practices”?

    ALL deserve education/services in their languages – wherever resources permit. Religion is no exception! What the ASG says is no-brainer: youtu.be/ilmx-0fmR_I?t=193

    ለመሆኑ – ወያኔ የሰሜን ዕዝን በተኙበት አርዶ – ከ600 በላይ አማራዎችን በማይካድራ ጨፍጭፎ – ኢትዮጵያ ላይ ጦርነት ባወጀ ጊዜ – አባ ማትያስ በተለያዩ ሚድያዎች እየቀረቡ አረመኔውን ወያኔ ደግፈው ኢትዮጵያን ሲወነጅሉ ዝም ያለው ሲኖዶስ – ምነው ሰሞኑን “አለሁ-አለሁ!” ማለት አበዛ?

  5. Zehabesha you are editing comments and twisting for your own good, bunch of idiots neftegna cyber fanos
    you are now under serious mental state , you lost your positions in Oromia. You will delete this message because you will be disgraced

    You ,the zehabesha editors, are on suicide watch, please don’t die please please

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