Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post provides information about The Ethiopian Orthodox Church and showcases seven videos of Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur (music).
Selected comments from two of these videos are also included in this post.
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"Christianity in Ethiopia dates to the ancient Kingdom of Aksum, when the King Ezana first adopted the faith. Various Christian denominations are now followed. Of these, the largest and oldest is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (in Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስትያን Yäityop'ya ortodoks täwahedo bétäkrestyan) an Oriental Orthodox church centered in Ethiopia. The Orthodox Tewahedo Church was part of the Coptic Orthodox Church until 1959, when it was granted its own Patriarch by Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa Cyril VI.
The largest pre-colonial Christian church of Africa, the Ethiopian Church has a membership of between 40 and 46 million, the majority of whom live in Ethiopia, and is thus the largest of all Oriental Orthodox churches. Next in size are the various Protestant congregations, who include 13.7 million Ethiopians. The largest Protestant group is the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, with about 5 million members. Roman Catholicism has been present in Ethiopia since the century, and numbers 536,827 believers. In total, Christians make up about 60% of the total population of the country.
By the beginning of the sixth century, there were Christian Churches throughout northern Ethiopia. King Kaleb, of the Aksumite Kingdom, led crusades against Christian persecutors in southern Arabia, where Judaism was experiencing a resurgence that led to persecution of Christians. King Kaleb’s reign is also significant for the spread of Christianity among the Agaw tribes of central Ethiopia.
Christianity has also spread among Muslims. A 2015 study estimated some 400,000 Christians from a Muslim background in the country, most of them Protestants of some form.
Isolation as a Christian nation
With the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, Ethiopia's Christians became isolated from the rest of the Christian world. The head of the Ethiopian church has been appointed by the patriarch of the Coptic church in Egypt, and Ethiopian monks had certain rights in the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Ethiopia was the only region of Africa to survive the expansion of Islam as a Christian state.
In 1441 some Ethiopian monks travelled from Jerusalem to attend the Council in Florence which discussed possible union between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches.
The arrival of the Christian monks caused something of a sensation. It began two centuries of contact in which there were hopes to bring the Ethiopians into the Catholic fold (the doctrinal problem was that they inclined to miaphysitism (considered a heresy by the Catholics) associated with the Coptic church of Egypt). In 1554 Jesuits arrived in Ethiopia to be joined in 1603 by Pedro Páez, a Spanish missionary of such energy and zeal that he has been called the second apostle of Ethiopia (Frumentius being the first). The Jesuits were expelled in 1633 which was then followed by two centuries of more isolation until the second half of the 19th century.”...
...Many Ethiopians claim that the Treasurer eunuch probably introduced the Christian faith when he returned to Ethiopia from his pilgrimage to Jerusalem well before the fourth century, but Christianity did not become the officially recognised religion until the reign of King Ezana in 341 AD. The eunuch's pilgrimage is mentioned in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, Acts of the Apostles, chapter 8, verses 26 – 39
The Aksumite kingdom adopted Judaism and the Law of Moses during the reign of King Menelik, son of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba and then adopted Christianity as main faith in 341 AD. The visit of Queen of Sheba to King Solomon and the pilgrimage by a high official (eunuch) to Jerusalem shortly after the death of Christ shows that the Ethiopians had close connections with the Israelites and Jerusalem. Since then Ethiopia has been observing both Old and New Testament practices.”...
Example #1: Ethiopian Orthodox Song
ermias27, Published on Nov 29, 2006
Mirtinesh and Tiztaw
Selected comments from the discussion thread for this video (with numbers assigned for referencing purposes only)
1. ki4clz, 2008
"The Ethiopian church have maintained their faith intact for 1900 years, they were part of the original five churches: Alexandria, Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome, and Athens. St. Anthony was "Coptic" or Ethiopian."
2. Maxwell Harper, 2008
"Beautiful music. What does it mean?"
3. Maxwell Harper, 2008
"I', just curious: does it reflect Ethiopian Orthodox beliefs or is it Islam,,"
4. Ethio Fikir, 2017
"the video goes with the topic of the song most of the time it is not like this if you watch other songs and video
she is out some where with out any helper around and feel lonely so the message is big same as this video"
5. kiduel, 2009
"i love this song very much!!
did you guys knew that the person who write this song was taken to prison for writng this song for 9 days"
6. Mola Engidaw, 2009
"This is not about poltics.
God bless you"
7. Ethio Fikir, 2017
"why did they think it as a poletica too sad that is good he is out now this so blessing song for me"
8. dzajic90, 2010
"what is the percentage of Orthodox people in Ethiopia can someone tell me ?
few months ago 6 ethiopian sportsman came to search for azile in Serbia and they were all orthodox like us :)"
9. Zat Ethiopian, 2017
"dzajic90 Christians in Ethiopia are about 45% most of the Christians are orthodox which if I have to guess will be about 30-35% and the rest are Protestant(like me) and very small amount of Catholics and other Christians this is all a guess btw but the numbers shouldn't be very far"
10. amalialovesicecream, 2011
"Somebody please translate. The rest of us would like to understand.Thx.INXC"
11. Ethio Fikir, 2017
"the adea is about a lady who is filling lonely since she lost her hasband then children the tittle is if you have paicense everything will be pass then he is trying to tell her to have faith on God etc"
"paicense" = "patience"
12. chuck kaczmarsky, 2013
"very beautiful song!! but i would like a translation please"
13. Ethio Fikir, 2017
"the idea is about a lady who do feel lonely she lost her hasband then her children and she is living some whether dose not have any one who care about her then he is trying to feel calm and to have confidence but she saying since she is haveing all these she is feeling bitter inside and her lonely Ness filling is hurting her then told her to leave every thing on God and to have paicense or everything then all will be story etc I just try to write the idea not word by word translation"
Example #2: Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur - Tewodros Yosef - Sewoch feredubegn : ሰዎች ፈረዱብኝ
masresham, Published on Jan 3, 2009
Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur - Tewodros Yosef - Sewoch feredubegn : ሰዎች ፈረዱብኝ
Example #3: amharic spritual song by engidawork
genboye, Published on Oct 20, 2009
Best ethiopian tewahdo orthodox song by Engidawork''elohe elohe'
Example #4: Best Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur - Medhanite - መድሃኒቴ
Masresham, Published on Jan 7, 2011
Best Ethiopian Orthodox Oldies remix - Medhanite - መድሃኒቴ
Example #5: Eyedane Hede - New Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur
masresham, Published on Jan 17, 2012
New Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur - Eyedane Hede
Example #6: Amazing Artist MESERET MEBRATE Performance on Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur( Yilal Andebete)
EOTC FAITH CHANNEL YOHANAN, Published on Aug 28, 2013
Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread.
Fiker Love, 2018
"ይላል አንደበቴ እግዚአብሔር ቅዱስ ነው
አይተወመኝና ወላጅ እንደሌለው
ትላንት የጠበቀኝ የነገ ተስፍየ
ትላለች ነፍሴ ፍቅር ነው ጌታየ
እልልልልልልልልልልልልል👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒💒አጥንትን የሚያለመልም የቅዱሳን ዝማሬ መላእክ ያሰማልን መስየ እግዚአብሔር ዘመንሽን አብዝቶ አብዝቶ ይባርክ በቤቱ ያፅናሽ"
Google translate from Amharic to English:
"My tongue says that God is holy
I do not care and have no parent
Yesterday, my expectation was tomorrow
My soul is love, Lord
A melody of the saints, joying Praise the Lord for the abundance of your longing for the angels"
I don't know if this is a transcription of that song's lyrics or not.
Example #7: ልምጣ ከደጅሽ Artist Yegerem Dejene new Mezmur
Melie Legesse, Published on Jul 27, 2015
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