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15 November 2012
Annie Grunow

A priest and devotees of the Ge’ez Catholic Eparchy of Emdibir gather after celebrating the Divine Liturgy at St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral in Emdibir, Ethiopia. (photo: John Kozar)

Monsignor John Kozar visited Ethiopia earlier this year and met people from the many faiths represented in that east African country. In his blog, he wrote about one such visit:

My first exposure to the rich Ge’ez Rite would come at an early morning Divine Liturgy the following morning at St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral. The bishop and most of the eparchy’s priests concelebrated the ancient liturgy. I was taken aback by the beauty of the liturgy, the amazing intricacy of the chanting, not just of the bishop and the priests, but all the many faithful who had assembled as well. The cathedral had a large of number of people for this ordinary weekday eucharistic liturgy, celebrated at 6:20 a.m. All of the faithful are farmers and some regularly walk great distances to attend.

Read more about his visit, “An Ethiopian Odyssey.”

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