Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.
 

Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates holiday

Expand Messages
  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070930/NEWS/70930007/1001 Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates holiday By Jill Callison
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2007
      http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070930/NEWS/70930007/1001

      Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates holiday
      By Jill Callison
      jcalliso@...
      PUBLISHED: September 30, 2007
      Sioux Falls, South Dakota

      A cold rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the 100 members of the
      Ethiopian Orthodox Church who gathered on a softball field to
      celebrate one of their most joyous holidays.

      The celebrants, many of whom had their heads and shoulders covered in
      gauzy white scarves, gathered under a white tent set up in the outfield.

      But the focus was on a tower of evergreen branches, twigs and
      sunshine-yellow flowers, soon to be set alight in a bonfire that
      commemorated the day's origins.

      This afternoon, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians from Sioux Falls and
      the surrounding area celebrated Meskel, or the day of the holy cross.
      It marks the discovery of the cross on which Jesus was crucified,
      decades after it was buried and lost.

      Abey Ejegu, chairman of Ethiopian Orthodox Church at Sixth Street and
      Fairfax Avenue, said Meskel is one of his faith's most important holidays.

      "The cross makes a lot of miracles," Ejegu said, referring to what he
      called the True Cross. When smoke from a bonfire ordered by Empress
      Helena in 326 pointed to the cross' burial place, it became a day of
      rejoicing, he said.

      The holiday traditionally is celebrated in late September. local
      Ethiopian Orthodox Christians chose Sunday as the day to celebrate
      because of their work schedules.

      Read more in Monday's Argus Leader.
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.