"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Ethiopians Celebrate the Assumption

They are having a festival in the park across the street as I write - almost everyone is in white.  It is very crowded.  Apparently they celebrate the Assumption for many days.  As they 'celebrate' in the park, there is chanting and a sort of dance performed by men.  The priest is dressed in black - cape - clerical hat.

The Dormition and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.

1. The sleeping of Mary (Asterio Mariam).
2. Assumption (Filseta), which is celebrated for 6 days, counted each as a separate feast.
3. The day when after her death she was revealed to all appeared to all for the first time.
4. Second time appearance to others.
5. Third time appearance.
6. Fourth time appearance.
7. Fifth time appearance.

The Ethiopians are making me very traditional I think.

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