Eritrean Catholic Church

 

 

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Rite: Alexandrian

Tradition: Ethiopian

Rescension: Eritrean

Liturgical Form: Ùér’ata Qéddase (Divine Liturgy) of St Basil

Liturgical Language(s): Tigrinya (may include or be supplemented by Amharic)

The Eritrean Catholic Church is a Church sui iuris of Metropolitan status, belonging to the Oriental Catholic Communion. The primatial hierarch is His Eminence, the Metropolitan Archeparch of Asmara. In addition to the metropolitan archeparchy, the Church is organized under three eparchies in Eritrea. In the diaspora, its faithful are canonically subject to the local Latin Ordinary within whose diocesan jurisdiction they reside.

The modern-day history of the Eritrean Catholic Church as a Church sui iuris dates to 19 January 2015 when it was separated from the Ethiopian (Ge'ez) Catholic Church sui iuris, within which its faithful had previously constituted a distinct ethno-cultural body. Eritrean Catholics share a common liturgical and spiritual heritage with Ethiopian (Ge'ez) Catholics, although each retain the use of linguistic and cultural praxis unique to their respective ethnic and national origins.


A photograph of Venerable Abba Felice Maria Ghebreamlak accompanies the link to listings for this Church.

Abba Felice, a hiero-monk of the Cistercian Order, was initially ordained a priest of the secular clergy. He perceived that efforts to convert his countrymen to Catholicism might be more successful under the direction of monastics, given the high regard accorded to monks in Ethiopia and Eritrea. When sent to Rome as confessor to seminarians at the Ethiopian College, he sought advice and direction regarding monastic life from those in charge of Rome's monasteries.

He was accepted by the Cistercians as a candidate in 1830. Five years later, he was permitted to make his solemn monastic profession, eight months early, after being diagnosed with incurable tuberculosis. Abba Felice reposed two months thereafter, on 8 June 1834. The Cistercians subsequently followed through on the idea proposed on his admission to their order and erected multiple monasteries in his native country.

HH John Paul II declared him to be of heroic virtue on 24 March 1992, granting him the title of 'Venerable'. His Cause for Beatification is presently before the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

 

 


Icon: Kidane Mehret, Our Lady of the Covenant of Mercy, venerated in the West as Our Lady of Perpetual Help


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Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica