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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Africa Trip: Ethiopia Sunday

Today we visited the Addia Ababa Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, more commonly known as the Mother Church.

The pastor was vested and conducted the liturgy in Amharic. The liturgy is based off of the Lutheran Swedish liturgy.

A page from the EECMY hymnal.
It is written in Amharic, which is the second most spoken Semitic language in the world after Arabic.

The choir sang severs songs during the service. Many of the songs were from the period of the Marxist Derg Regime, and had apocalyptic overtones. One song written when the Gospel could not be proclaimed freely described how the gospel would go out into the world and be victorious by bringing about the Lord's kingdom. Another song said, "We are in the desert, but The Lord will remember his promise and drown our enemies like Pharaoh and his army."

The church was full. A number of expats from America and Scandinavia attended the service.

After the service, church and congregation leaders gathered with us and other visitors for a photograph.

After lunch, we visited the Entoto Maryam Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

- Posted by Dr. Albert Collver on 26 January 2014 using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Addis Ababa,Ethiopia

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