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6. Abíy Tẓ’ōm – ዐቢይ ጾም / ዓብይ ጾም ✤ Hūdădæ – ሑዳዴ (the Lenten Fast)

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

I welcome you all to another celebratory posting as we move closer to monumental commemoration of the Hebraic Passover.  This time is set for recollection and reexamination of one’s self.  Fasting & prayer is key leading up to the Passover.

In continuation already set by the first day of the Samint/Shabua (loosely translated; the week); we begin the 2nd level of the count in Abïy T’zōm – አብይ ፆም/ዓቢይ ጾም.

([YeAbiy Ts’om Minbabat : Zeymawoch’na Sibketoch]) = The Readings for the “Great Fast” : Times of the Teachings/Preachings/Sermons.

http://ethiopianorthodox.org/amharic/seasonal/lentprogram.html

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Abiy Tsom/ Hudade = the Great Lenten Fast

RasTafari Renaissance continues to celebrate in the Tewahedo faith the “Great Fast,” or Abíy Tẓ’ōm – ዐቢይ ጾም / ዓቢይ ጾም.  This period in the Ethiopian & Eritrean Churches, which are also known as the “Tewahido/Tewahedo” churches clustered with the other Orthodox sister churches (ie. Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox etc etc) have similar practices which have orderly examples in which they observe this time leading up to Passover; known to the greater world as “Easter.”  You may know of this time especially in the West, that leads to Easter.

To the Ethiopian & Eritrean Orthodox Churches, Lent (Hūdădæ – ሑዳዴ) Abíy Tẓ’ōm,  means a period of fasting when the faithful undergo a rigorous schedule of prayers and penitence. This fast is observed with greater rigor than any other fast and it is a test of one’s Christianity.  One who fails to keep it is not considered a good Christian.  Properly observed it nullifies the sins committed during the rest of the year.  The faithful should abstain from all food except bread, water and salt.  It consists of about 56 days (opposite of the Western Christian – 40 days), all meat is forbidden, and also, what are called “lactina/lactose;” milk, butter, cheese, eggs, etc, by practical sense.

This sixth week’s readings, focus on verses from the Book of Matthew chapter 25: verses 14-30(31).

Each week of the Great Lent has its own name associated with what Christ did or taught. The names and the corresponding part for readings, of the bible are shown below with each Sunday heralding the beginning of each week & focus reading.

http://www.eotc.faithweb.com/

[NOTE:]  Usually, small children of are excluded from these practices until the age of maturity has surfaced.

(around pre-teen, or the teenage period)

Hudade(ሑዳዴ)-Lent [2]

https://ethnomed.org/calendar/abiy-tsom-lent-2016

Fasting is appears in many religions around the world, but, as ones would know, in the west it has lost its rigour for the majority of peoples. However, in the Ethiopian/Eritrean Orthodox church & to the extent of the other Orthodox churches of the east; there are many fasting days through the year.  In the most strict observances, all fasters would be vegan for half the year.  The longest of the fasts is our topic here in the Hudade(i)/ Abiy Tsom season.  So, as the Lenten Fast or the “Great Fast,” leads up to Easter/Passover it is variously known in dfferent forms, and the majority of adherent of the Orthodox churches approximately fast for these 55 days every year.

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✡ Festival of Weeks/”FirstFruits” – መከር በኲራት ነዶ – שבועות – Shab(v)uot ✡

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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Ras Tafari Renaissance writes to give perspective to the Hebraic celebration or festival of Shab(v)uot.  This celebration is also known as  the “festival of Weeks“: or could be also called the “First Fruits.”  Here RRR, writes to give some insight, and perspective on the High Holy day mainly because, it is what would be apart of the Shalosh Regalimשלוש רגלים– (Three Pilgrimage Festivals) [ie…including Passover, & Sukkot, which would complete the Pilgrimage festival cycle]), which is known well throughout modern Judaism traditionalism.  But, while giving Biblical restoration tidbits of information for the education of those who may or may not have any recollection in the mind of what Shabuout is as a representative of….Also, in how the original Christian church, which is Hebraic in original ties into the Ethiopic Tewahido-Orthodox’s, celebration of Pentecost.

[giving honorific mention also to those Eastern-Orthodox churches as well as any Christian church that still holds the rituals and rites for this commemoration]

YeIgr Menged Selassie - Shalosh Regaliim

Shabuot, is a celebration that memorializes the giving of the Biblical Law, (commonly now known as, the Torah-in modern Judaism) to the children of Israel, in entirety, as a nation on Mount Sinai, after the Exodus from the land of Egypt.

http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/shavuot

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The Torah, (Biblical) mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover [Nisan/Abib 2], to be immediately followed by Shab(v)uot.  This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah.

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The Hebraic or commonly known as “Jewish,” holiday occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Siw(v)an-סִיוָן(usually in late May or early June).

blessing haShabuot– from hebrew4christians.com

Shabuot, is also known to be a festival of harvest, or reaping festival.  It is another version that can be assessed as a reaping of souls as well.  In the Christians’ celebration of Pentecost, the teachings come from the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples after Christ crucifixion and resurrection.

shabuout-festival of weeks[pentacost-jesus-mafa]

– Acts 2

To assure the devotion of the twelve along with other present with them in the time of trials, God sent his Spirit upon in the midst of his people to assure them that no matter the consequences in the world; he would be with them always….

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Readings (for more education on the subject matter):

Exodus 23: 16

Exodus 34: 21, 22

Leviticus 19:9

Leviticus 23: 10, 22

Deuteronomy 24: 19

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From an Ethiopian perspective, which more than likely had a heavy influence on the Hellenistic Jewry, (ie…Judeo-Christian [origin] root) gives per insight on the teachings of Pentecost in relation to the Hebraic celebration/memorialization of Shabuot.

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Also in the Ethiopic tradition the festival of Pentcost (Shabuot), is recognized by calculation of the priests, and laymen. The Feast of Pentecost, always begins on Sunday(Ihud[እሁድ]-Senbete Krystiyan[ሰንበቴ ክርስቲያን])፣ and cannot come before the 15th of the Ethiopian month of G’nbot; also cannot be after the 19th of Ethiopic month of Sänäï

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– Ethiopian artistic rendition of the Biblical accounts in Acts of the Apostles; Chpt. 2

Reading (for education):

Acts 2: 1

Acts 20: 16

I Corinthians 16: 8

shabuot (ethiopic-amharic translation-Mek[ḥ]er BeKʷirat Nedo)

SHABUOT:

FESTIVAL OF WEEKS

FIRST FRUITS”

“PENTECOST”

shavuot readings