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Joy of Zion...the man with wings

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Messenger: Ras KebreAB Sent: 12/16/2007 10:19:14 PM

His father was an Ethiopian priest who loved Archangel Michael and his mother was a rich and righteous woman who also loved Archangel Michael. Together, they always celebrated the archangel's feast on the twelfth of each month. After many years of prayer and supplications a son, "Feseha Zion" (the joy of Zion) was born into this family, for St. Takla's mother was barren until his birth.

The tidings of Archangel Michael were fulfilled when he said to Tsega Ze-Ab, Feseha Zion's father, "You will be the father of a child who will be an apostle in Ethiopia." His parents were overjoyed with his birth and celebrated by having a feast inviting the poor. Three days after his birth, the Holy Spirit descended upon Fesha Zion and the infant opened his mouth and said, "One is the Holy Father. One is the Holy Son. One is the Holy Spirit."

Since childhood, Feseha Zion performed many miracles. One such famous miracle occurred at the age of eighteen months. A famine had spread throughout the land of his family. As a result of the famine, Tsega Ze-Ab and his wife had nothing to celebrate the feast of their beloved Archangel Michael.

One day while Fesha Zion was being nursed he pointed to the flour basket, which was completely empty. His devout mother brought it to him and immediately when he touched the basket it became filled with flour. Basket after basket was placed before him until twelve overflowed with flour. She then decided to bring the oil jar to him. Fesha Zion placed his hand inside the jar and made the sign of the cross. Oil began to fill the jar. From this jar the mother poured oil into other jars until there was plenty for their monthly agape for the needy in honor of Archangel Michael.

When he was fifteen years old his reverent father took him to the Bishop of Amhara, Bishop Kyrillos, who saw a vision from God to ordain Feseha Zion a deacon. As a deacon he continued to perform miracles and began to heal the sick. Many confessed him to be a god, but he told them that only the One True God is worthy of honor, praise and worship.

One day while hunting with friends, Archangel Michael appeared unto deacon Feseha Zion and told him to dedicate the rest of his life to saving people's souls. The Archangel further told him that God would bestow upon him the ability to cure many illnesses, raise the dead, and cast out evil spirits in His Holy Name. It was then that Archangel Michael changed his name to Takla Haymanot, which means, "Paradise of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

St. Takla returned home and distributed all his money among the poor. Soon thereafter, Bishop Cyril ordained him the priest of Shewa (Shoa). St. Takla focused his attention on the spiritual welfare of those around him. He preached the Holy Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins. He continually cured the sick and performed many miracles. As a result of the holiness of this man many were converted to Christianity.

He drove out evil spirits, cast out demons, he converted kings. St. Takla was bestowed with many gifts from the Lord. He raised the dead and could foretell events and quietly tell true prophecies. He labored among the hardest of tasks in the monasteries he dwelt with thanksgiving. He escaped from all praise. He continually led a life of devoutness-fasting, praying, chanting and kneeling before the Lord Jesus Christ.

One of the most famous of stories related to this saint is of his abiding in the Monastery of Abba Aragawi at the top of a very high, steep mountain. After living some time at this remote monastery, an angel of the Lord appeared to St. Takla and told him to go down to the base of the mountain and dwell in a cave to be found there. He bid the abbot of the monastery and the monks' farewell, requesting their prayers and began his descent from the top of the towering mountain. As was the custom, the monks tied the saint with a rope to aid in his descent from the peak of the mountaintop. The rope broke suddenly and the monks feared the worst. Instantly and miraculously, six wings appeared from the saint and flew him safely and swiftly to the base of the mountain. Due to this miracle St. Takla's icon features him with six beautiful white wings like the Cherubim.

Messenger: Ras KebreAB Sent: 12/16/2007 10:20:24 PM

The Lion of Judah has prevailed
Haile Selassie I, Elect of God
King of Kings of Ethiopia
When two years ago We laid in this monastery of Saint Tekle Haimanot the cornerstone for this church, We had expressed the hope that it will be God's will to enable us to witness its execution. Thus the Almighty who can accomplish everything and grant all that is asked of Him has enabled us to see the completion of the work. How can We pay Our gratitude to God but by thanking Him?

It is authentic that the Ethiopian Saint Tekle Haimanot was Christ's disciple whom, by observing St. Paul's remark, "who shall separate Us from the love of Christ? afflication or anguish or persecution or hunger or nakedness ..... ?", fulfilled his divine duties, made and rendered several sacrifices and services. Many are the monasteries that owe their existence to him, and innumerable are those who were taught by his disciples. Because of the services rendered by him and holy people like him at a time when Ethiopia was gravely threatened with heathenish and Islamic engulfing, this country came to be known as an Island of Christianity.

Taking advantage of this occasion, We would like to advise Ethiopian bishops and church educators to follow Saint Tekle Haimanot's example, dedicate themselves to this great ideal and save no effort in working and making others work for the propagation of the Christian faith. A brother cannot be of more valuable service to his brother than in this.


Messenger: Ras KebreAB Sent: 12/16/2007 11:32:40 PM

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Saint Tekle Haymanot (“Plant of Faith") was born around 1215 A.D., in the district of Bulga on the eastern edge of Shewa Provence, the son of the Priest Sagaz Ab (“Gift of Faith”) and his wife Egzi’e Haraya (“Choice of God”), who is also known within Ethiopian tradition as Sarah. According to tradition, his ancestors had been Orthodox Christians who had settled in the Shewa Provence ten generation before the Saints birth. In his youth St. Tekle Haymanot was educated by his Priestly father in all matters of reading, writing and of course religious instruction. During the period in which St. Tekle Haymanot grew up the Shewa Provence was subject to a number of devastating raids by the Pagan King of Damot, Motalami. The Christians of Shewa suffered under the presecution by this Pagan King.

When St. Tekle Haymanot, at the age of 30, travelled north to settle at the Monastery of Iyasus Mo'a, which had only a few years before founded a Monastery on an Island in the middle of Lake Hayq in the district of Amba Sel (the present-day Amhara Region). There he studied under the Abbot for nine years before travelling to Tigray, where he visited the Capital at Axum, then stayed for a while at the Monastery of Debre Damo, where he studied under Abbot Yohannes, Iyasus Mo'a's spiritual teacher. By this point, a small group of followers began to attach themselves around him.

Eventually St. Tekle Haymanot left the Monastery at Debre Damo with his followers to return to Shewa. On his return route, he stopped at Iyasus Mo'a's Monastery in Lake Hayq, where tradition states he received the full investiture of an Ethiopian Monk's habit. Once back in Shewa, he introduced the spirit of renewal that Orthodox Tewahedo Christianity was experiencing in the northern provinces. He settled in the central area between Shilalish and Grarya, where he founded in 1284 the monastery of Debre Atsbo (renamed in the 15th century Debre Libanos). This monastery has become one of the most important religious institutions of Ethiopia, not only founding a number of daughter Monastaries, but its Abbot became one of the principal leaders of the Ethiopian Church called the “Echege,” second only to the “Abuna – Bishop.”

Saint Tekle Haymanot lived for 29 years after the foundation of this Monastery, dying in the year before Emperor Wedem Arad did; this would date St. Tekle Haymanot's death to 1313. He was first buried in the cave where he had originally lived as a hermit; almost 60 years later he was reinterred at Debre Libanos Monastery. In the 1950s, Emperor Haile Selassie I constructed a new Monastic Church at Debre Libanos Monastery over the site of the Saint's tomb. It remains a place of pilgrimage and a favored site for burial for many people across Ethiopia.

In Ethiopian Iconograph Saint Tekle Haymanot is represented as an aged monastic - monk with wings on his back and only one leg visible. Ethiopian tradition tells us that Saint Tekle Haymanot received his wings thus:

One day he said he would go to Jerusalem to see the Garden of Gethsemane and the hill of blood that is called Golgotha. But Shaitan (Satan) planned to stop Tekle Haymanot going on his journey to the Holy Land, and he cut the rope which led from the rock to the ground just as Tekle Haymanot started to climb down. Then God gave Tekle Haymanot six wings and he flew down to the valley below ... and from that day onwards Tekle Haymanot would fly back and forth to Jerusalem above the clouds like an airplane.

Ethiopian taditions hold that St. Tekle Haymanot played a significant role in Yekuno Amlak's ascension as the restored monarch of the Solomonic dynasty following two centuries of rule by the Zagwe dynasty. He is known as a Saint not only in the Ethiopian Church but also in the Coptic Orthdox Tewahedo Church of Egypt. His feast day is celebrated on August 30th (Gregorian calendar) The Saint also has a monthly “Commemoration” on the 24th of every month in the Ethiopian calendar.

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