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THE NEW BISHOP OF THE ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY IN JEREUSALEM

Date: 7.9.2005
Source: Custody of the Holy Land

The new Bishop of the Ethiopian Community in Jerusalem, Abune Grima, made a official entry into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on the 6th of September, 2005, at approximately 10:20 a.m. He arrived at Jaffa Gate, one of the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem, shortly after 10 a.m. He was received by a large group of Ethiopian Clergy and some Ethiopian diplomats. He was then greeted by various representatives of the heads of the Churches in Jerusalem and Israeli government officials.

The procession proceeded from Jaffa Gate to the Holy Sepulchre. The Bishop was accompanied, by his own clergy and by the various representatives of the other communities, including Fr. Artemio Vitores, o.f.m., Vicar Custos. The Ethiopian Bishop was received, according to the Status quo, in front of the main door of the Church by the Latin, Greek and Armenian superiors of the Holy Sepulchre Church.

Then, flanked by his clergy, he venerated the stone of Anointing, where a carpet was put out for him by the Armenians. The Bishop with the entire entourage then proceeded to the Aedicule of the Risen Christ. Afterwards, the procession went to the Armenian divan, where the Armenian superior offered words of welcome, and Abune Grima responded with an address. After the receiving of congatulations and some drinks, the Ethiopians with their new bishop went to Deir Sultan, i.e., the rooftop dwellings of the Ethiopian monks of the Holy Sepulchre Church.


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