Debre Selam Medhane Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
                                               Buffalo, NY

 

History

Christianity in Ethiopia:
 

In the Acts of the Apostles, scripture tells us that Philip the Deacon baptized an Ethiopian treasurer in Jerusalem. According to Ethiopian tradition, the treasurer then returned back to Ethiopia, where he introduced Christianity and evangelized the people.

Acts of the Apostles 8:27-38

“…and on his way he met an Ethiopian… and both of them… went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.”

Ethiopia became the first nation in Africa and the second nation in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in the 4th century AD. This was following the conversion of King Ezana to Christianity and his baptism by Saint Frumentius (Abba Salama or Kassate Berhan – ‘father of peace’ or ‘revealer of light’), the first bishop of Axum. For nearly 1,700 years (17 centuries), Orthodox Christianity has remained integral part of the society practiced by millions of devout parishioners throughout Ethiopia, Eritrea and in the diaspora.

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