♔ Empress Menen Asfaw (Wällätä Gïyorgís) Memorial ✤ እቴጌ መነን አስፋው (ወለተ ጊዮርግስ) ♔

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).

Ras Tafari Renaissance writes to give perspective to another posting here  with your’s truly Lidj Yefdi, & today, just to set a reminder and uplift a memorial to a mother of our nation, especially Ethiopians, Ras Tafari, Israelites/Hebrews and those of like; we honor our Empress of Ethiopia/Israel, Menen Asfaw (Wollätä Gïyorgís), the Queen of Queens/Kings.

Biogrpahy of Empress Menen Asfaw authored by Anjali Parnell

First off as the world would say, “Happy 127th Birthday To Empress Menen Asfaw;” the wife & Empress to
Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Empress Menen Asfaw was born, actually on the 3rd of April, year 1891.  Megabeet – (መጋቢት), 25th day (Qen – ቀን), year 1883 according the Ethiopian calculations.

A signet of Woizero(Mrs.) Menen

The things that can be expounded upon when speaking about this extraordinary womb man (Ras Tafari expression of womanly essence); can’t be summed up in just a few sentences or paragraphs. But, rest assured here that I will provide you with a little bit more information to research and retrace, to begin to take a deeper look into the life of the companion of the illustrious Emperor Haile Sellassie I of Ethiopia, whom had a light of her own to shine which truly complimented the emperor’s.

Yekatit 12 – [aka Princess Zänäbäwärq School] Addis Ababa (administered by Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford’s wife; Mignon Innis Ford) one of many schools Empress Menen lead the charge for regeneration in Ethiopia with Ethiopian-born and expatriated diasporan Africans in the wake of growing the nation.

Yekatit 12 – Princess Zenebeworq School

[ca. 1936-41]

School built by the Empress bearing her name during the 1930s

Also, as a patriot for her people and advocate for the well-being of others I don’t think anyone could find another person, so compassionate.  Empress Menen, (or otherwise known as Wällätä Giyorgisወለተ ጊዮርግስ) helped to establish many significant projects, institutions, and policies within the Ethiopian Empire.

Even, throughout the invasion of the Italian-Fascist regime of then said leader, Benito Mussolini; Empress Menen sought to the best of her ability to secure the protection and sufficiency of helpless in her country.  Her continued dedication was shown in her vehement but, refined approach to establishing educational institution throughout the country in conjunction with various nationals of other countries.

2. 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 Purïm & 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.


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 second week, focusing on verses from the Book of Matthew chapter 6: verses 16-24.

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.


[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]


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.