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Ethiopian Christianity Ancient, spiritual, wonderful

Northern Ethiopia has been a stronghold for the Christian faith since 330AD - nearly 1700 years of faithful practice and tradition. The Ethiopian Christian faith is a based on Egyptian Coptic Christianity but has some significant differences. The most significant of these is the adoration of the Ark of the Covenant which, Ethiopians believe, was transported to Ethiopia by Menelik - the son of Solomon of the Queen of Sheba some time before 500BC.

One of the highlights of Ethiopia’s year is the annual Christmas celebration in Lalibela. Built in the 12th century as an alternate pilgrimage site to Jerusalem, Lalibela centers around 11 stone churches that have been hewn directly out of the living rock.

White robed pilgrims start arriving weeks before Christmas and the normally sleepy town of Lalibela swells to many times it's normal population. Everyone is here to spend a Christmas Eve vigil at Bet Maryam, the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The full narative of Lalibela trip is located on my blog at http://jonmccormack.com/2015/01/15/pilgrimage-to-lalibela/ ‎
The full narative of Lalibela trip is located on my blog at http://jonmccormack.com/2015/01/15/pilgrimage-to-lalibela/ ‎
The full narative of Lalibela trip is located on my blog at http://jonmccormack.com/2015/01/15/pilgrimage-to-lalibela/ ‎
The full narative of Lalibela trip is located on my blog at http://jonmccormack.com/2015/01/15/pilgrimage-to-lalibela/ ‎
The full narative of Lalibela trip is located on my blog at http://jonmccormack.com/2015/01/15/pilgrimage-to-lalibela/ ‎
The full narative of Lalibela trip is located on my blog at http://jonmccormack.com/2015/01/15/pilgrimage-to-lalibela/ ‎

During the evening all traces of modern Ethiopia disappear. It's easy to imagine that you are back in the 11th century celebrating Christmas with King Lalibela himself!

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