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RSS#35 (ውሰድ / נָשֹׂא)

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

I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings! This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (or Yefdeyah). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So, with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the opening of the Torah portions with Naso – נָשֹׂא, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 8th – ח, & on the 9th – ט, of the month of Sïw[v]án-(סִיוָן) for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to W’säd – ውሰድ; on the 25th – ፳፭, & on the 26th – ፳፮, of the ወርኀ(Wärha – month) of G’nbot (ግንቦት) for this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez – ግእዝ).

Readings:

Numbers 4: 21- 7:89

Judges 13: 2-25

Acts 21: 17-26

Naso, the study portion of the Scriptures for this Sabbath, deals with the collecting of the numbers of the children of Israel.  Moses, was instructed by God, to number the children of Israel by Hebrew tribal lineage(family[-ies]).  And so, did he and his brother Aaron.

naso - parsha (Camp Israel)

All of the tribes, were assembled and numbered but, the Levite tribe, was to be not counted along with the Tribes of Israel, but to be numbered of their own families for the service of Tabernacle.  While in the wilderness, the tribe of Le(w)vi, were to be of Aaron’s line, and serve God and the children of Israel as the priesthood.

[Numb. 4: 21-28]

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Now, in a sense, this “numbering” was more like completing a type of census.  The numbering of the priesthood, those able men who should serve in the office of the Tabernacle, from age thirty-to-fifty.  After the counting was complete, the duties of the priesthood were listed to the specific sections of the families of Levites(priesthood).  

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi'yim-Hbr)

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi’yim-Hbr) _ painting by James J. Tissot

The priestly duties were assigned to families of the Levites where; the Gershonites, were to keep the charge of the curtains and coverings of the Tabernacle, the hangings for the doors of the court, and for the gate of the court round about the altar, the cords and all the instruments of the service.

[Numb. 4: 24-28]

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

The Merari, were to keep the charge of the boards, all of the bars, all of the pillars of the court round about , the sockets, and the pins, and their cords, along with all the instruments of their service in the priesthood in the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 4: 29-33]

tabernacle coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Tabernacle Coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Now, the Kohathites, were to be numbered within the families of Levites(priesthood) but their responsibilities in service were laid out by God, from the previous portion of the Scripture study.

[Numb. 4: 1-20]

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

When Aaron and his sons, had made coverings for all of the sanctuary, and all the vessels, as the camp set forward {[to move]}; after that the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. 

[Numb. 4: 15-20;  Chpt. 4: 34-37]

Kohathites bearing the Ark of the Covenant.

Then, G-d instructed Moses and Aaron, along with the assistance of the priesthood to purify the camp of the children of Israel.  Helping the children of Israel to heal through keeping the statutes and commandments of God, and purging themselves, being a sanctified people to their God. The Hebrews also, learned the ways in which, they were to interact with each other; making amends if one was to offend another.

[Numb. 5: 1-10]

the Leper

the Leper

If a husband were to accuse his wife, in a fit of jealousy of being unfaithful, the Sotah סוטה ]was a means to bring clarity to the situation.

[Numb. 5: 1-31]

Also, the vow of the Nazirite (also seen as “Nazerite“), was a focus point of this study portion, as God spoke to Moses in instructing the children of Israel.  G-d said to Moses, if any of the children of Israel wish to separate themselves to God by a vow, then there were rules to follow in accordance to such.

[Numb. 6: 1-21]

Samson ben-Manoah

Samson ben-Manoah (Nazarite from the Womb)

The priestly blessing that was also told to Moses by G-d.  Moses, was to teach Aaron and his sons, the blessing so that they should perform service of blessing the children of Israel, to put G-d’s name upon them, so they could receive it.

[Numb. 6: 24-26]

Birakt Kohaniim - Priestly Blessing

Birkat Kohaniim – Priestly Blessing

All things going into their rightful places, ordered by God’s word; from there, the Tabernacle was consecrated as Moses completed setting up the Tabernacle, anointing it and all of the instruments for the services.  the Princes of Israel, or the twelve(12) heads of their fathers households, brought each of their own offerings from the tribes they came out of.

[Numb. 7]

 

27th & 28th (ክፍል/פרשה) Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

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

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So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of Tazrïaתַזְרִיעַ , (sometimes known as Ki-Tazria-כִּי תַזְרִיעַ)for this week, in this mode of study, for those out in the diaspora or outside Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5775 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 5th-ה, & the 6th-ו, day of the month of Iy’yar- אִייָר‎ . (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) but,  from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as B’tárägízብታረግዝ, on the  16th-፮, & the 17th-፯, on the ወርኀ(month)- ሚያዝያ(Mïyazya). The Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-ግእዝ).

Readings:

Leviticus 12:1- 13:59

II Kings 4:42- 5:19

John 6:8-13

Matthew 8:1-4

Now, as we continue in out studies; this portions will be doubled in lieu of, the Shemittah (Jubilee) year calculation. [to conclude with an adequate number of portions studied for the year]  So, in summation of the study we have in front of us; In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, the God of Israel, speaks to Moses in the manner of explanation on childbirth. This portion of Scriptures has a defined word that comes to a literal english meaning of…”when she conceives.” God explains to Moses the order of actions that should take place upon the birth of children among them. (Hebrews/Israelites)  For the women of Ras Tafari, I personally, take the responsibility in informing the sistren (sisterhood) of Ras Tafari, along with those who will inquire of these studies to pay a specific attention to this parsha(portion) of Scripture. Tazria, gives a word-sound (interpretation) on the method of recovery for women, who have given birth to a child; whether it be male or female.

The Mother & child_ painting by Great Ethiopian Artist Afewerk Tekle. (once commissioned by H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I to create his works of art to be a representation of Ethiopian culture/faith).

Mr. Afewerk Tekle
Ethiopian Artist

 

Though, it has been recognized and expounded upon, the Bible contains more than religious & spiritual anecdotes, but contains passages that are beneficial for life experiences.

I, personally have found that most of the critiques of the Bible and those who study, to seek & find answers to these questions rarely have a solid explanation or even sufficient disagreement as to why, when & where these happenings take place, but let me not deter OUR main goal here,…which the study for this Sabbath.

black madonna and child (real time rendition of Maryam and Christ)

The Scripture study for this Sabbath lays a foundation for the rest period of a mother who has recently given birth & how things should go about for the retrieval of her strength, physically and mentally; dealing with it from a Hebraic/Israelitish Torah perspective.

[ Lev.; Chpt. 12 (entire chapter) ]

tazria - parsha (she conceives-mother & child)

But, even in this case, the method presented can either be enlightening and show a parallel to “modern world” childbirth…or by the wording, which comes to us in a slew of mistranslation can deter one from looking to the Scriptures to seek some understanding of the universal issues of life. {with that said, RE-consider the (5) five-fold, depiction of the Early languages of the Bible shown above before discrediting the words used in this study of Leviticus, before condemning them as useless or demeaning to women= words like unclean seem to stir dismay. The word unclean- comes to a meaning of defiled or polluted, in a moral sense when decoded from Biblical Scripture, in this use of it in the context of a few verses in Leviticus.} For example, a woman’s health is given no thought, unless clear signs are identified when she is going about her daily routine, when she has not given birth to a child.

from chabad.org

from chabad.org

(so, the human exchange of a simple embrace-hug, handshake, monetary exchange etc., is of no significance to anyone, with a woman who has not given birth. But, on the flip-side of that, is a woman, blessed for giving birth to another human being in the manner of all female mammals upon the Earth. But, it should be a known fact that, rest and recovery are “I-tal“(vital) to a woman’s betterment; post-childbirth. Any woman in this world should agree to that premise, especially, seeing as they take full advantage of maternity leave for an occupation or what-have-you (& should), along with other benefits and accommodations that concentrate on women’s issues, & that alone. These issues & their benefits have no complaints from the opposite sex; at not in Hebraic or Hebrew-minded circles.[notwithstanding or neglecting other cultures who hold the maternity/health preservation of the respective communities in high regard.])

tazria - parsha (shabbat imabba)

So, in encouragement to the women who will see this post from Ras Tafari Renaissance, please remember that here we insist that the mind, and heart remain open to receive what can be useful in spiritual growth.

God also instructed Moses, to teach the children of Israel, the ritual and cultural practices, along with the sacrifices or offerings that were to be made for the ushering of a newborn into the community of Israel.

[Lev. 13 (entire chapter)]

*THIS WEEK’S SABBATH IS ALSO A DOUBLE-PORTION OF STUDY*

*THIS STUDY IS ALSO THE 1ST SABBATH OF A NEW MONTH(Iyar)*

nonetheless the Torah portion of Metzoraמְּצֹרָע , is also studied this cycle from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as BeMenT’satu Qenመንጻቱ ቀን; aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-ግእዝ).

Readings:

Leviticus 14:1 -15:33

II Kings 7: 3-20

Matthew 8: 1-17

The portion of the study of the Scriptures for this week is Metz’orah- מְּצֹרָעMetz’orah has a meaning that comes in the English as either “one being diseased,” or “one infected.”  In the Ethiopic-Judeo-Christian perspective, this parsha(portion) of the Scriptures is named Bements’atu Q’en-በመንጻቱ ቀን.  This study deals with the interaction with what has come to be known as a “Leper.”  In this portion of Scripture study, God instructs Moses, on how to deal with those who may be of Israel who might become infected with the disease of leprosy.

[Lev. 14: 1-32]

Healing the Leper

Healing the Leper

The instruction was given to Moses for the sake of the children of Israel, but this didn’t exclude the instruction for healing to be exclusive of anyone who sought out an end to the cleansing.

[Lev. 14:32-57]

ethiopian kahinat3

In keeping true to his covenant with Israel, God has continued to show that his knowledge is Supreme and the intent is for the well-being of the children of Israel to be fruitful.  God continues to provide abundant information to Moses, to deliver to the community for them to apply to their everyday life.

metzora - parsha (offering for the leper)

This making the children of Israel equipped to not only sustain themselves from illness, but even from the last parsha/kifil; Tazria, which dealt with the motherhood, in the childbearing stage of living.  Generationally, the children of Israel, were to keep these laws, statutes, and commandments.

[Lev. 15: 1-33]

38th Parsha Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

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

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures.

So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have more than likely have come to the Torah portion of Korah/KoraKH’- , for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5773, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the of the month of Siw(v)an-סִיוָן, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) but, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as ቆሬ-Q’orey, for the 29th(፳፱) & 1st() days of the ወራት(months)- ግንቦት (Ginbot) & ሰኔ (Seney).  The Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-ግእዝ).

Readings:

Numbers 16:1- 18:32

I Samuel 11:14- 12:22

Romans 13:1-7

*(extra reading for Rosh Hodesh- ראש חודש)

(*Numbers 28: 9-15)

http://www.jewfaq.org/chodesh.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hodesh

roshkhodesh

(4th Hebrew month) Tammuzתמוז

Now, in continuance of our studies of Torah, we come to the parsha(portion) of Korah’.  Now, in this study of the Scriptures, a Levite, named Korah’ (ben Izhar- son of Izhar), joins himself wth Dathan & Abiram, who are Reubinites(of the Tribe of Reuben), and two-hundred & fifty princes of Israel.  This group began a rebellion, that challenged the authority of Moses and Aaron, among the children of Israel.

[Numb. 16:1-19]

(Ten Commandments character) of Dathan-דתן  was played by Edward G. Robinson (Robinson, was born Emmanuel Goldenberg, of Romanian-Jewish descent) _[1956 Paramount award winning-movie Ten Commandments by Cecile B. DeMille presents a skewed version of the story dealing with Dathan, when compared to Biblical reference; but still a very entertaining production, to this day...]

(Ten Commandments character) of Dathan-דתן , was played by Edward G. Robinson (though Robinson, was born Emmanuel Goldenberg, of Romanian-Jewish descent)

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/505705/Edward-G-Robinson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_G._Robinson

God instructed Moses and Aaron, to get away from Korah and his rebellious few, and tell the children of Israel to separate themselves as well; for he would consume them

[Numb. 16: 20-35]

(color based revitalization) Death of Korah, Dathan, & Abiram [Numb. 16: 31-35] revamped-by-fineartamerica-original-by-Granger {original painting done in 19th cent. by Gustave Dore'} link here: http://www.mundellchristianchurch.com/art/images/Num-16-The-Death-of-Korah,-Dathan,-and-Abiram.jpg

(color based revitalization) Death of Korah, Dathan, & Abiram [Numb. 16: 31-35] revamped-by-fineartamerica-original-by-Granger {original painting done in 19th cent. by Gustave Dore’} link here: http://www.mundellchristianchurch.com/art/images/Num-16-The-Death-of-Korah,-Dathan,-and-Abiram.jpg

God then, spoke to Moses to tell Eleazar(Aaron’s son; a Priest of Levi), to take the censors of Korah, which they took in the Tabernacle for the fire and the incense, and make them broad plates for a covering of the altar.  “They shall be a sign to the children of Israel.”

[Numb. 16:36-40]

priest in the holy of holies

The next day the children of Israel, murmured against Moses & Aaron, saying, “…they killed people of God…,” and then a plague fell upon them(Israel) and more died, even after those of Korah’s Rebellion suffered judgment.

[Numb. 16:41-50]

God then, instructed Moses to gather the staffs of the Princes Of Israel; one for each of the tribes (12) and adding one more the tribe of Levi, in which, Aaron would be the head.  (making that thirteen [13] staff-rods).  God would then choose the staff to show where he would place his authority among the children of Israel, to put an end to their murmuring.  Moses, took the staffs and placed them in the Tabernacle of Witness.

[Numb. 17: 1-7]

The Majority of Ethiopian memorial and holy-days are celebrated with men and women carrying staff.

The Majority of Ethiopian memorial and holy-days are celebrated with men and women carrying staff. Here priests, carry staffs and sistrums singing songs of praise and joy.

A collection of staffs in an Ethiopian Othodox-Tewahido Church

A collection of staffs in an Ethiopian Orthodox-Tewahido Church

The very next morning, Moses entered into the Tabernacle, only to find that Aaron’s rod, had blossomed and brought forth buds, and also yielded almonds.  Moses brought forth the staff of Aaron, by God’s command to be a witness/memorial to Israel of God’s will way.  Whomsoever go against God’s way would not share in his rest.

[Numb. 17:8-13]

Moses finds (Aaron's Rod That Budded)_ illustration by the Holman Bible from 1890.

Moses finds (Aaron’s Rod That Budded)_ illustration by the Holman Bible from 1890.

Moses brings forth Aaron's staff.  Budding of Aaron's Staff by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld_  From The Bible In Pictures{1860}

Moses brings forth Aaron’s staff. Budding of Aaron’s Staff by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld_ From The Bible In Pictures{1860}

God then spoke to Aaron, saying, that he and his sons (lineage), were to perform the duties of service in the Tabernacle, so no wrath would anymore fall upon Israel.  The Levites were to administer the reception of of offerings made by the children of Israel to God in the Tabernacle; but they wouldn’t have an inheritance as the rest of the children of Israel(Tribes) had.  The reason being was & is, because the “tithes” of Israel would be given to them by God

[Numb. 18:1-24]

ethiopian kahin-keeping charge

God, also instructed Moses to tell the Levites, that of the “tithes” of the children of Israel, they(the Priesthood) were to offer a Heave offering to God; or a tenth of all the tithes, of Israel and give them to Aaron.  The offering was to be of its best condition; & for the reward of service the Priesthood would be able to partake in the offering in all of their households, bearing no sins, neither polluting the the holy things of the children of Israel.

[Numb. 18: 25-32]

20th Parsha Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

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

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I welcome you all to one of many of the interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with an open mind and heart, you will receive more than what you might have asked for in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures.

Now, with that said, let us go right into this…

So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read, & thoroughly discern, nonetheless studied either the Torah portion of Tet’sav(w)eh-תְּצַוֶּה , from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel. Others who engage this type of study more than likely read the portion of Ki Tisa. From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 19th & 20th of the month of  Adar-אֲדָר . (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as እዘዛቸው-Izezachew; on the 22nd & 23rd of ወርኀ(month)- የካቲት(Yekateet). On the Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-ግእዝ)

Readings:

Exodus 27:20- 30:10

Ezekiel 43:10-27

Hebrews 13:10-17

Now, for in summation of the study we have in front of us; In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, the subject deals mostly with the “everlasting flame” of the candlestick. [Ex. 25:31-40]

[Ex. 25: 31]And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

[Ex. 25: 31]
And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

[Hebrews 12: 29]"...For our GOD is a consuming fire..."

[Hebrews 12: 29]
“…For our GOD is a consuming fire…”

Olive Oil(oil of anointing [Ex.25:6]) was to be used for light, including the other furniture

The priesthood is also established in the heritage of the Levites(Hebrew Israelite Tribe of Levi), along with the priestly garments that were to be constructed & worn only when service in the Tabernacle was to be performed.

brestplate of hakohen(High Priest)

Moses, by the instruction of God, ordains Aaron, his brother, to become the High Priest, along with his sons and the rest of his descendants. Here, Aaron’s wife, Elisheba, whom was the daughter of Amminadab ben Judah(son of Judah), sister to Nahshon ben Amminadab(son of Amminadab), of the tribe of Judah, became the Matriarch of the Kohanim(priests).

 "The Shekinah Glory Enters the Tabernacle"; illustration from The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons; Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer (Ed.), 1908

“The Shekinah Glory Enters the Tabernacle” illustration from The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons; Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer (Ed.), 1908

K

Khepera

The sacred covering of the Ark of The Covenant, which the Kohanim were to give service to on behalf the children of Israel, is called Kapporeth-כפורת , so finding out why I placed a picture of what might be known as Khepri, I’ll leave up to anyone who’s curious enough to take a look for themselves. I would elaborate more on how linguistics also play a part in the understanding of Scripture, but that’s pretty apparent. Though, it may seem, out of context that there could possibly be more connections of the Hebrew/Jewish thought and practice, to the Ancient Egyptian Mysteries or the traditional Judeo-Christian aspects of this, it meets more points of similarity than most people can see. For example, in Hebrew, the Holy of Holies is named as the Kodesh HaKodeshiyim-קֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים , and semantically similar in the ancient Ge’ez old Ethiopic language of the Ethiopian-Jews and Ethiopia entirely, the same is called the Qedeste Qiddusan-ቀደስተ ቅዱሳን & slightly different in Amharic, of the Ethiopian-Orthodox church-Qidusse Qiddusan.

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