Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany

Addis Ababa, January 19, 2013 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, throughout the country, celebrated colorfully the Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

In the capital Addis Ababa, where the holiday was celebrated with various religious and traditional assortments, tens and thousands of people have participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Acting Patriarch of the Ethiopia Orthodox Church Arch Bishop Natnael urged followers to continue their efforts in supporting the realization of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam.

Arch Bishop Natnael also said followers should contribute their knowledge, money and labor so that all developments began by His Excellency late PM Mels Zenawi will be carried out effectively.

The Patriarch also called on all Christians to preserve Epiphany celebrations to the coming generations.

On the eve of Timkat Friday evening, Sunday school students adored in their colorful uniforms arrived at ‘Jan Meda’, the Epiphany site-chanting and singing.

They spent the night in procession in front of the ‘Tabot’s, a symbol of the Ark of Covenant containing the 10 Commandments, placed in specially put up tents.

Today, the baptismal water at ‘Jan Meda’ was blessed by his holiness Abune Natinael and sprinkled on the believers gathered there.
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