Greetings Brothers & Sisters...
I hope that the Great Fast is a blessing to you!
I really apologize for joining this topic so late, but I really want to make a comment. This thread is so long that I was not able to read everything and I'm sorry if I repeat any information that was previously stated.
If ANYONE is familiar with the history of the ETHIOPIAN KINGS, they must know that there were RIGHTEOUS & HOLY KINGS. The PERSON, the READER, the FAITHFUL must also know that ATSE NA'OD [Ambesa Seged?] was the LAST KING TO BE CANONIZED IN THE ETHIOPIAN/ERITREAN ORTHODOX TEWAHIDO CHURCH. He was the father of Atse Lebne Dingil.
There were great kings, emperors after Atse Na'od, but no one can say that they were saintly. There is a tradition in Traditional Ethiopian Scholarship (I am not a traditional Ethiopian scholar) that says, "After the year 6,999--that means 1, 499 years after the Incarnation and Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there will be no righteous one..." It means that, in the latter years of creation, before and during the era of the False Messiah, there will be VERY FEW RIGHTEOUS.
We know at the time of the False Messiah, the Saints will come and preach against him and many will become saints, while many lose their soul, but that saying (as I mentioned before hand) is trying to express the lack of righteousness amongst the latter people--those who are nearer to the era of the False Prophet.
This subject has nothing to do with Rastafarians or those who admire His Majesty Haile Selassie I. Haile Selassie I, with all do respect to his blessed soul, because I love him, lived in luxury. His Majesty Haile Selassie I did not die a poor king, God rest his soul...
The RIGHTEOUS KINGS, retired to monasteries, gave their crowns as charity and preached among the rich and the poor. They shunned the luxuries of this world and fasted with prayer...Atse Yohannes IV was a great king, a Defender of Christianity, to the point they called him 'abba/father'. He defended Ethiopia and lost a lot of money for the sake of the Ethiopian Churches and even other denominations in the Holy Land--never canonized.
There is a great book, KNOW JERUSALEM, written by the first Ethiopian archbishop of the Holy Land, Abune Philippos. He highly defends HIM Haile Selassie I and credits him for the efforts and achievements accomplished, but even Abba Philippos did not suggest such a thing.
Those who know about Haile Selassie I appreciate him, but do not classify him as the rastafarians do or suggest that he should be canonized. Her Majesty Empress Menen was just as great or even greater. She was a lover of the Church and encouraged His Highness more than anyone...
What about those great Ethiopian desert fathers, monks and nuns, or those who were martyred in Ethiopia during the time of invasion? What about their canonization?
We judge Jon Hoi with a righteous judgement, because He inspired many, but canonization is a very serious and notable level of consecration.
One last thing: the titles of His Majesty are inherited titles of the Ethiopian emperors since the era of Menelik I (those who claim Solomonic lineage, that is)...meaning King of kings, Lord of lords, King of Tsion, Lion of Judah, etc. These were the titles of David, King of Israel and Solomon, King of Israel and king of Tsion [because the Ark rested in Mt. Tsion, Jerusalem].
Thanks for letting me post my opinion.