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Historic Speech By Abuna Yesehaq on the establishment of the EOC in Jamaica
".... Blessed be our God, whom according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of our Lord, EYESUS KRISTOS from the dead. Dear members, I am very grateful for the opportunity given to us today to establish the ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Mission here in Jamaica. As of today you are received as full members of The ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, which is an Indigenous Church of Africa Today the Spirit of the Lord is given to all of you through Baptism, as it was spoken by the Prophet Ezekiel;
...I will sprinkle clean water upon you and ye shall be clean from all your uncleanliness. A New Heart I will give you and a New Spirit I will put within you, and cause you to walk in my Statutes and you shall keep my ordinances and do them. You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your Fathers; and ye shall be my people and I will be your God. ( Ezekiel 36: 25-28 )
You are all sons of God through faith, for as many of you that were baptized into CHRIST have put on Christ. All of you who are baptized into CHRIST are baptized into HIS death. You are therefore, buried with HIM by baptism into death, so that as CHRIST was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father, You too may walk in the newness of Life.
Brethren, the Mother Church of ETHIOPIA is not unmindful of your sincere devotion in the past to The ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH and to the deepest spiritual concern of HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I Defender of our Faith, and your concern in the Ethiopian World Federation. I am sure the Mother Church in Ethiopia can count on you as true Christian Soldiers ,who will stand fast and help to carry forward the doctrine of Our SAVIOUR,which is needed so much in our world today.
We are in a corrupted world in which justice,spiritual laws and principles that are given by God are condemned and crushed by the unjust. People today do not humble themselves nor recognize the rights of others. They rejoice in the work of their hands rather than the beautiful creation of Almighty God.
The Truth has been manifested both in the lights of conscience and by the witness of nature, that the mysteries,which are known of God are revealed in the hearts and minds of man. The revelation is imparted by God Himself and is mentally discerned by reflecting upon His works;but men refuse to live in accordance with the light given them. For this they are without excuse and are subject to condemnation.
It is written, " Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added to you." But man of today says, seek ye first politics,and everything else shall be added to you. Can anyone gain peace out of politics? Is it not the Lord, EYESUS KRISTOS who is the Prince of Peace, who gives peace and light to all mankind?
Brethren, according to HIS Divine Power,HE has given unto us all things that pertain unto life through the knowledge of HIM that has called us to glory and virtue; whereby are given us exceedingly great and precious promises;that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption which is in the world through lust. Besides this giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue, and to virtue,knowledge;and to knowledge,temperance,and to temperance,patience, and to patience,godliness, and to godliness,brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,charity. For if these things be in you they will make you so that you will neither be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our SAVIOUR (II Peter 1:3-8).
Finally I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Rt. Rev J.C Swaby (His Lordship of Jamaica) for allowing us to use his famous Church for the occasion. I am grateful for Brother Gordon, Brother Hibbert,Brother Arscott and other brethren who worked hard to bring the Ethiopian Orthodox Church here. Also, I am thankful for the presence of the Rt.Rev.J.J.McEleny, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica, members of the Clergy dignitaries and friends. May God bless everyone. We pray Him that He may keep us in spiritual love and unity together with the Christian communities. We pray Him to make us one soul and one heart planted and animated by the Almighty Lord. AMEN".
Abuna Yesehaq May 23, 1970
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