Baptism is the sacrament given to all who believe in the Mystery of the Trinity and the Mystery of Incarnation for the remission of sin, to obtain adoption from the Triune God, to inherit the kingdom of God. It is called Mystery, because, when the priest recites the prayer of baptism over the water and blesses it, it changes and becomes the water that flowed from the right side of our Lord Jesus Christ while on the Holy Cross and one can receive the invisible grace of the adopted sonhood of God (Jn.19:34-35).
Mystery of Incarnation means the mystery of the descending of God the Son who is one of the Trinity from heaven and taking up flesh and rational soul from the Holy Virgin Mary to become man. The incarnation of God the Son is primarily necessitated for the salvation of the world. Salvation means the restoration of the world to its direct and unimpeded relation with God. Incarnation is the mystery of God becoming man, and man becoming God. “the Word become flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14).
The Eritrean Orthodox tewahdo Church has Five pillars of Mysteries through which it teaches and demonstrates its basic religious belief. They are called Pillars of Mysteries due to the fact that they support and strengthen the faithful in religious teaching as a pillar supports a roof. These mysteries have Biblical foundation (1 Cor. 14:19). Accordingly, the five pillars of mysteries are expressed in the Creed which is the confession of our faith.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit One God!
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10
Greetings to fellow Eritreans at home and in the Diaspora, beloved of God, and who love God, may the peace of God be with you.
Glory to God.
When the appointed time of salvation and the foretold prophesies came to pass, God the Son come to fulfill the promise He gave, and took flesh from flesh, soul from soul and spirit from spirit of the Holy Virgin Mary and was born at Bethlehem, all creation rejoiced. A multitude of the heavenly host (angels) sang, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." The shepherds found the Child with His Mother and worshipped Him, glorifying and praising God. Luke 2:1-20.
His Holiness Abune Yacob, the Second Patriarch was one of the reputable leaders of the EriOTC, a shining star of the Church in the 20th Century. Our father among the Saints, the thrice blessed patriarch was an ascetic, a scholar, preacher, rhetoric, writer, administrator.. .. .. .
He excelled in his service to God, the Church and his faithful as a deacon, an archbishops, a locum tenens and finally as a patriarch. He was a trustworthy shepherd of souls, who looked after his flock well.
A delegation of the Holy Synod, comprised of His Grace Abune Lukas, Secretary General of the Holy Synod and Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Debub-Mendefera; His Eminence Abune Yohannes, Arch Bishop of the Holy Dioceses of Dubarwa and Gash Barka; and, Reverend Samuel Tsegay, Assistant to the Secretary General of the Holy Synod, returned home after an apostolic mission in USA and Canada that was held from 30 October till 12 November.
A new church, Debre Selam Saint Gabriel’s was consecrated in Kigali, Rwanda and its first-ever liturgy celebrated on October 11, 2019 by the representative of the Holy Synod, His Eminence Abune Kerlos, Archbishop of the Southern – Adi Keih Diocese.
On the eve of the event, Archbishop Kerlos led Consecration Prayers and the Tabot, or Holy Ark, was carried into the sanctuary. Thereafter, the scholars and the cantors sung the hymns of the Sebhate waziema, or the Vespers.
Mount Sinai Holy Trinity Theology College launched a Continuing (extension) Certificate Program in General Thoeology this Academic Year. The program was designed to address the needs of those laity who were unable to attend the regular Degreee and Diploma Programs on offer at the nascent College.
Presently over 100 students are enrolled in this program that is offering: Pastoral Theology, Dogma and Bible Studies, Christian Ethics, Church History, Homiletics, Comparative Theology as well as introductory courses on Law, Principles of Accounting and of Management.
A research paper conducted on the possibilities of establishing a central Church Museum on the Premises of the Patriarchate Headquarters was presented by volunteer curators at a meeting attended by the locum tenens, His Grace Abune Petros, other bishops (representatives of the Holy Synod) and Heads of Patriarchal Directorates. The experts presented their assessment research on 22 September 2012 G.C (3 October of 2019).