Eritrea

In their homeland, Eritrean Catholics are canonically organized under three Eparchies which are suffragn jurisdictions of the Ethiopian (Ge'ez) Catholic Metropolia of Addis Abeba 

Entries in this section are cross-listed in that for the Ethiopian (Ge'ez) Catholic Church.


Icon: Abba Saint Justin de Jacobis, CM, Prefect Apostolic of Abyssinia & All Neighbouring Territories, Apostle of Africa, Patron Saint of Abyssinia, & Father of the Native Ge'ez Catholic Presbyterates of Eritrea & Ethiopia

"Abouna Yacoub is our Father. His place is among his children. Here he gave birth to our faith. We love him and he loves us. And the proof of his love is his final wish. He asked to be kept among us and no one may go against the wish of a dying man. He is ours and we are his, and we will hold on to him." 

(Response of the villagers of Hebo in Eritrea to the demands of civil and church authorities that Abba Justin's body be removed to Italy for interment)


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Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the evil - for the devil is cold - let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance."

St. Seraphim of Sarov