Thursday, May 09, 2013

An Ethiopian Madona

There is a an Ethiopian Orthodox church near me and they have an outdoor shrine with Our Lady. Drive by any time of day or night and you'll see Ethiopians stoppinbg by to say a quick prayer, leave flowers or just pause for a mintue of peace. Their devoion is really impressive.

10 comments:

Old Bob said...

Lovely! Thank you!

Anita Moore said...

Who is the man in the picture? It can't be Jesus, because he appears to be kneeling and is situated lower than Mary. Is it St. Joseph? Or is it some other saint?

Dymphna said...

I'm not sure. I think it may St. Juan Diego.

Anita Moore said...

Juan Diego? Well, he's holding a piece of fabric, and there is a bit of a resemblance in Our Lady's dress to the Virgin of Guadalupe. I guess that interpretation could work.

Old Bob said...

I have been a calligrapher and utterly fascinated with scripts and their languages.
The script looks like Amharic, the writing system used in Ethiopia; it could, however, be Tigrinya, the system used in Eritrea.
As God has ordained it, one of the guys at my local post office counter is named Elashie, and he is from Eritrea. I'll show him the icon and I bet a blog dollar he'll be able to read the inscription and maybe even tell who the guy is.

Azeb Gide said...

The inscription is in Amharic and it translate as "Our Lady's Assumption"

Dymphna said...

Oh thanks. If it is the Assumption then maybe the man is St. John, the Beloved?

Anita Moore said...

I was thinking in terms of St. Thomas the Apostle, because of the tradition that he was the means of discovering that Our Lady was assumed into heaven (not present at her death, taken to her tomb, found the tomb empty).

Old Bob said...

My acquaintance Elashie says the inscription is "ye imebetachin erget,"
I suppose pronounced like
"yeh eemeh-BAY-tah-chin AIR-get"
(that's how it sounded when he said it)
and means "Holy Mother."
He said he doesn't know who the man is.
(Who was the apostle who talked to the Ethiopian eunuch?)
Greetings to all!
Thank you, Azeb Gide!

Lola said...

It was Philip who met the faithful Ethiopian on his way home. Our first and most notable conversion. Just for that I think Our Lord has a soft spot for Ethiopia. The Queen of Sheba (Ethiopia) was THE OT convert. I think that means something.

"one of the outstanding converts in Acts." - wikipedia


I would love to see more... Thank you Dymphna!