Going to church

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A friend invited me to join him at church  last Sunday.  I arrived on Saturday afternoon for a meal and a walk around the area.  A beautiful location in the hills above Addis, views down over the city, eucalyptus forest around, with a big new church under construction.  We went to the old church at 11 pm and the service had already been going on for two hours.  The choir – if that’s the right word for the group of clergy accompanied by drums and holding prayer sticks – sang for eight hours without a break.  We left when they finished at 5 am and slept for a couple of hours.  After we went there was the Eucharist – called qidasse – for a further two hours.   Then preaching outside broadcast through a loud speaker for an hour or so.  I went back for the preaching and was amazed at the crowds, not only in the church and church yard but filling the streets around as well.

A fantastic experience -if just  touch exhausting.

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