On this day we celebrate the feast of presenting the lord Christ to the temple after 40 days of his glorious birth. saint Mary, his mother, the virgin Mary and the elder Joseph, the just man who was the messenger of this mystery, presented the lord Christ in the temple, to fulfill the Mosaic law with which he, to whom be glory! Had commanded the people of Israel, and to offer up offerings as the law ordered.
In Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, one of the seven fasting periods is the fast of Nineveh.
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.
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.
15th November (geez calander), marks the first day of the Advent Fast, a period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Church from ancient times, in preparation for the Nativity of Christ. This fast, is observed beginning on November 15th and ending on Christmas Eve, with the Feast of the Birth of Christ (Christmas). It is a time for devout and penitential preparation of the soul for the proper and worthy celebration of the great feast of Christmas.
Fasting is abstinence from all things that a body needs, and one has to fast from animal products and from any kind of food for a limited time until the period of fasting is over. (Mt. 6:16, Fetha Negest 15). In general, one has to abstain from anything which the body desires.
The aim of fasting is to make the desire of the body to obey the will of the soul, to seek forgiveness of guilt and to increase the reward of the Soul.
All Scriptures are written with the inspiration of the Spirit of God or the breath of God. They are also described as Holy Books containing the word of God (Fiteha Negest Art.2). Illustrating that Holy Books are the breath of God or are written by the inspiration of the Spirit of God; the Apostle St. Paul states in 2 Tim. 3:17 “all Scripture is God – breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Saint Cyril of Alexandria also wrote that “Holy Books are the breath of God” (Faith of Fathers 78:67).
The name God signifies the Divine Being, meaning He who created the world and governs it. There is one invisible and inscrutable Almighty God who created all things eternal, who has neither beginning nor end, mighty in His work who revealed Himself to mankind as written in the Scriptures. (Ex 3,6). Some of the ways that prove the existence of the eternal God are the following.