Saturday, August 20, 2011

The assumption of Mary

Once upon a time, Jesus and Mary went to a party. When they got there, Jesus asked Mary if she brought any wine.
"What?" said Mary. "I thought you were bringing the wine."
"No," said Jesus. "I never said I would bring wine."
"I just thought you'd make some out of water or something," said Mary.
"Oh, you just thought, huh?" said Jesus.
And from then on, that day was known as The Assumption of Mary.

We went to the Ethiopian church today to celebrate the Assumption of Mary. The celebration was on a Saturday so that priests from churches as far away as New York could come for the service. Everyone we talked to at the church was super nice, and after the service we had huge amounts of delicious fasting (vegetarian) food. They even served Ethiopian beer. After church we met with our new Amharic tutor. All in all a great day.


  1. St. George beer?

    I think it is so great how you have connected with the Ethiopian community in your neck of the woods. All your work with Amharic will pay off; our little ones are from Sidama, but seem to understand and speak both Amharic and Sidama.

    I am not sure where your kids are from, but one big surprise for us was that our son knew the alpabet. Apparently Sidama uses the Roman alphabet...we had no idea!

  2. Hi Meg,

    It was a sour homebrew with bits of barley floating in it. I don't know if it had a name. I couldn't really drink it. Tabb did, but then again, Tabb eats forest rodents and lizards.

    Our Amharic is progressing r-e-a-l-l-y slowly. The verbs are a bitch.

    The boys (see previous post about "our" kids) speak Burji, which is related to Amharic. Apparently the two groups split only a few hundred years ago.

    I had no idea that was true about Sidama either. I know it's a Cushitic language, as opposed to Amharic, which is Semitic. I assume there's a lot of cross-pollination though.

    I hope each day is easier than the one before for you! Loved your pictures on facebook!


  3. I love your blog--and am so impressed with your approach to Amharic. Betam amesegenallehu