Memo to Ethiopians who might see this, behold a good reminder for the validity of the warning of the fathers,' know your history unless.... you know how it ends
' why the painstaking documentation of history and the worth of all the sacrifice in preserving it. As the fathers say, ' be af yale yiresal, betsihuf yale yiweresal/ that which is only in oral tradition will be forgotten, that which is written will be inherited'.
End of memo
...... Selam everyone
I only will address the "History
" lesson as it relates to the Saint Ewostatewos, that said he was like the protestants even something like Luther who read only the letter, and like Luther who protested against the church in favor of his own ideas etc. etc...
What the Saint: who was as orthodox as they come and as highly grounded in the teachings of the orthodox fathers ,what he has done was to refer to what is on the didache and what was also practiced in Ethiopia before the rise of certain groups. Groups motivated by politics and aided by the Patriarch and king of the time attempted to eliminate the observance of the Saturday Sabbath, that used to be celebrated in a Christian manner which was in keeping with the initial tradition of the church by celebration of the liturgy in the morning. those groups from Dabra libanos monastery aided by the patriarch of the time were to put it mildly wrong. So as they could not defend their view in eliminating the Sabbath by neither scripture nor the teachings of the Church Fathers, they persecuted the Saint and his disciples. let us just say in the end the Truth prevailed in the Church, and he was vindicated and canonized because of his Orthodoxy!
Today we commemorate and venerate our Holy Father Saint Ewostatewos on every month on the 18th , and yearly on the 18th of September in Ethiopian Calendar as one of the great saints of Ethiopia who suffered much for the Orthodox Faith and Holy Tradition.
Today everywhere in Ethiopia wherever the liturgy is daily celebrated, the Saturday and Sunday liturgy is done in the morning and there is no fasting from food and drink on Saturday except for the Holy Saturday when our Lord is entombed and we fast until we see the Light of His Resurrection.
it is not only in rural areas but right in the capital of Ethiopia, in Addis, the Saturday and Sunday Liturgy is in the morning and it is never missed in the City. there are always enough priests and deacons to serve so there is no day that the Divine Liturgy is not celebrated in the city. the rural areas depending on how sparsely populated they are, the liturgy is only on Saturday and Sunday or just Sunday only.
Our Lord came to perfect the Law, keep that in mind.
I will hold my peace regarding the other part of the discussion.