ዓይኒ ዘለዎ ይርአ፡እዝኒ ዘለዎ ይስማዕ ልቢ ዘለዎ የስተውዕል !. Enthronement and Anointment of the New Patriarch of Eritrea Sunday April 25, 2004. On the early morning of Sunday, HH the Pope went to the Virgin's Cathedral in Asmara, HH and the accompanying delegate arrived there at 8 AM, and
ዓይኒ ዘለዎ ይርአ፡እዝኒ ዘለዎ ይስማዕ ልቢ ዘለዎ የስተውዕል !
Sunday April 25, 2004
On the early morning of Sunday, HH the Pope
went to the Virgin's Cathedral in Asmara, HH and the
accompanying delegate arrived there at 8 AM, and
after reading a chapter of "Acts of the Apostles",
praying the prayer of Thanksgiving and offering the
incense around the Altar, the Enthronement
Ceremony of the New Patriarch then started.
First: EritreaAbune Kirollos, the following Metropolitan
in the Holy Synod's Hierarchy, read the Patriarch's
Pledge at the presence of HH the Pope.
Second:the Rev. Eritrean Metropolitans and
Bishops read the testimonial recommendation of the
New Patriarch addressing it to HH the Pope.
Third: HH the Pope officiated the Ordination
Prayers, followed by all the other Rev. Coptic and
Eritrean Metropolitans and Bishops successively.
Fourth: HH the Pope placed His hand upon the
elected Patriarch's head and prayed. Some of the
prayers were said after taking off his black headdress.
HH the Pope uttered the three signs of the
cross in the name of the Holy Trinity upon the head of the elected Patriarch saying: "we call you AbuneAntoniuos the Patriarch of Eritrea in the name of Father the Son the Holy Spirit, One God Amen, Blessed is the Almighty God, Blessed is His only Son our God Jesus Christ, Blessed is the Holy Spirit the Parakleet" HH said the Three Signs of the Cross in
Eritrean Language (Tigrinya), Coptic, Arabic and English. Then HH signed the Priesthood costumes and the Crown with the Cross.
when the chanters were singing the hymn
of the descent of the Holy Spirit (Pi Epnevma
Emparakliton) HH the Pope began dressing the New
Patriarch (AbuneAntoniuos I) with the Priesthood
HH the Pope went up the Apostolic Seat
then He dressed the New Patriarch with the Cope and enthroned Him with the Patriarchal Crown among joy and Cheers of everyone.
HH the Pope made the New Patriarch sit
on His Seat saying," we seat you Abune Antoniuos as a Patriarch for Eritrea in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit Amen…"
HH the Pope decorated the New Patriarch
with a Cross and an Icon on his chest, gave him a hand Cross as a blessing.
HH the Pope held a new Pastoral Staff in
His hand and said to the New Patriarch "here you are, take the Pastoral Staff from God who confined you with His flock and from your hands He demands their blood". HH then gave the Pastoral Staff of the Orthodox Church in Eritrea to AbuneAntoniuos I, He kissed him with the Apostolic kiss congratulating him
on the Blessed Gift which he was granted by God at the hands of HH, who is considered the Successor of St. Mark the Apostle. HH the Pope then left, and the New Patriarch officiated the Liturgy Prayer with His Metropolitans and Bishops and also with Their Grace of the Coptic Delegate: Bishop Bachomious, Bishop Sarabamoon, also Bishop Metaous and Bishop Youanes who both joined them as well. The State's VIPs and the Foreign Ambassadors attended the Enthronement and the Anointing Ceremony.
Source: Reported Eritrea
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