"Give us the teachings of His Majesty, we no want no Devil Philosophy"-Bob Marley /BerhanSelassie

  " Indeed the importance of this ancient and enduring
  branch of Christianity may ultimately lie in it's ability
  to reconnect those of African ancestry, no matter
  where they live today, with their herritage in a fresh
  and meaningful way.  Therein lies the mission and
  future of the Ethiopian Orhodox Church". 
                                                  ~  Abuna Yesehaq  ~

                       His Eminence Abuna  Yesehaq
         Archbishop of the Western Hemisphere and the  Caribbean.

                         July 23, 1933 - December 29, 2005
            In Loving and Deep Respectful Memory of Our Beloved earthly Father,
       who taught us by his  humble example how to serve the true and living God.  
                  He was a Saintly Monk, a true and faithful shepherd of the Lord.
                            His Mausoleum is in Kingston, Jamaica, at
                 Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church on Maxfield Ave.
As a Pastor, Archbishop Yesehaq traveled throughout Ethiopia proclaiming the Gospel. 
He was eventually appointed administrator of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the United States and Jamaica.  He was archbishop of the Western Hemisphere Diocese from 1979 until his passing in December 2005.  His Eminence was interested in reaching the African Diaspora and devoted much time to that cause. 

  He baptized thousands of people throughout the world, including USA, Africa,
  the Caribbean, hundreds in Jamaica, including Bob Marley.

  He  touched so many more spiritually with his humble, gentle and non-
  judgmental way of living.  Some of those including Prime Ministers and other
  heads of state; as well as clergy of other denominations.

  Much more about his life and work can be found in the book which he wrote
  entitled :
  "Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church An Integrally African Church"
                                                                             By: Archbishop Yesehaq   
Tsebate has the rank of Qomose ( Archimandrite )
He is a Holy Monk, a teacher. 
The title of Tsabate means "the teacher of Monks".

He was raised and educated at Debre Libanos monastery, a place that is known for producing exemplary leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.  Within this distinguished spiritual sanctuary, he received his formative education and religious studies beginning at the age of four.

Shortly after he was ordained Archimandrite, he was the Abbot, assigned to administer both the women’s convent and the men's monastery of Debre Libanos.  Under his leadership he established humanitarian and educational projects.   In 2003 he established Debre Bisrat St Gabriel church in Atlanta, GA. USA.
He was a great friend and respected colleague of Our Beloved Father the late Abune Yesehaq.  Tsebate was the main (head) Priest that officiated the funeral services of Abune Yesehaq in New York Washington, Dallas and his burial in Jamaica, West Indies.

He also shares the vision of Abune Yesehaq of one unified church, and also the desire to continue the works of our faithful father in the United States and the Caribbean.

His knowledge of our Faith and Practice is immense. and his teachings provides only a glimpse of his tremendous knowledge of the traditions and sacred scriptures, which are the true underpinnings of our faith. 
The mission and purpose of this website is to purposely share information/knowledge about the teachings, structure and practice of the ancient Christian Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

It is meant to be a source of  information for all people. Some who may have been born outside of  Ethiopia and also those whom may have been baptized in the Ethiopian Church, and do not attend regular service because there may not be a church in their area, or for whatever reason,
and may have become disconnected with the church.

This site is also meant to be a place to find answers to simple questions you may be wondering about. 
We try to give basic information as well as general and more indept knowledge about spiritual life.

The information on this site comes from the Bible, The Fetha Nagast, the guidance and knowledge of 
Tsebate YemaneBerhan Asrat Gebre-Mariam. and also from "The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church" written by Archbishop Yesehaq.  Thank you, and may God's Grace be with you,  Emahoy Hannah Mariam.
Ethiopian Orthodox Church . . . A place to
share knowledge of Our Faith and Practice
  Who we are :

  > Emahoy  Hannah Mariam Whyte 
    Ethiopian Orthodox Female Monk in United States

  >  The Late Abuna (Archbishop) Yesehaq

  >Tsebate YemaneBerhan Asrat GebreMariam.

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       ~  Besemai Ab, weWold, weMenfes Kidus, Ahadu Amlac, Amen  ~            
In the Holy name of the Father, and of the Merciful Son, and the Mystery of the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.
And the temple of God was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ARK of His Testament....Rev. 11 : 19
The  Ark of the Covenant (Tabot) is carried on the heads of  Priests and Bishops during service on certain Holy days.
Painting inside Holy Trinity Church, Addis Ababa. HIM Haile Selassie & Empress Menen mausoleum is inside this church.

Psalms 1 : 1-2

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the unGodly, or stand in the way of sinners, or sits in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the Law of the LORD; and in His Law does he meditate day and night.
Abuna Yesehaq and Tsabate GebreMariam
Abuna Yesehaq ~ Kingston, Jamaica, WI

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Tsebate YemaneBerhan Asrat ~
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart.
  Be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord, My strength, and my redeemer.Psalm 19 : 14
The law of the Lord is perfect,
Converting the soul.
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
Making wise the simple.
The statues of the Lord are right,
Rejoicing the heart.
The commandment of the Lord is pure,
Enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean.,
Enduring forever.
The judgements of the Lord are true,
And righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea much more than gold.
Yea, than that fine gold.
Sweeter also than honey
and the honeycomb.
Psalm 19 : 7 - 10
  Tsabate's advise, encouragement and inspiration for this website has been invaluable.
  May God bless him with eternal strength to continue his great work in Christ.

Holy Friday, Getesemani Monastery, Sebeta, Ethiopia
If I would be so bold as to give any advise at all, then it would be to pray always, and to pray often, and my favorite commandment is to
Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and all your soul for all your life.

Also love yourself the way God loves you, and
        love your fellow human being the way you love yourself.
                         May the Grace of God be with you all and
                             I hope that you will find this site a little useful.
May God Bless our Holy Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and all our Clergy, and guide them in their Holy work.  May God Bless all our Holy Monks and protect the orphans of  the world.  May God Bless us all.
   Lion of Judah
Visit our sister site to see our Monastic Projects and Orphan  www.monasticlife.org/Projects
Holy Spring at Getesemani Monastery                     Sebeta, Ethiopia
Emahoy Hannah Mariam is responsible for content of this site
Thanks for your continued Prayers and Support.

              Igzee'abiher misle kwulikimu (The Lord be with you all) 
Mountain Riff at Debre Libanos Monastery, Ethiopia
Our Lord Eyesus Kristos in

the Garden of Gethsemane

with The Holy Angel.
in past years, I have spent extended time at Debre Libanos Monastery and  at Getesemani Nunnery in the town of Sebeta, Ethiopia, praying and learning. 

I am happy to say that of my own free will and by the Grace of God, I was blessed as a Monk (Nun) by His Eminence Abuna Mathias in Jerusalem, at the oldest Ethiopian Orthodox Monastery Deir es-Sultan on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Golgotha.  It is the site where Our Lord Eyesus Kristos was crucified.

I pray that I may be a good example of Abuna Yesehaq's tireless  teachings of love, grace, patience, kindness, and service to God. 

It is also our mission to fulfill Abuna Yesehaq's vision of building monasteries in the Caribbean and the USA.  They will serve as a home for the Monks and retreat for other Clergy, as well as a spiritual retreat for lay people.   They will further the traditional mission of The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Christian Church as a evangelical and monastic place for learning and serving Almighty God.  This I pray that by the Grace and the Will of God and the hands of man, it will manifest.       ~ www.monasticlife.org ~

                                    May the grace of God be with us all,
                                     Emahoy Hannah Mariam Whyte

                    Igzee'abiher misle kwulikimu (The Lord be with you all) 


I was baptized by His Eminence Abuna Yesehaq, and given the new name "Hannah Mariam". 
My own father had recently died, and so Abuna Yesehaq became not only my spiritual /confessor father but also one who was like my biological father.
I am blessed to have had Abuna Yesehaq as a teacher, and father figure. 
The pain of his passing is endless.  However, I am comforted to know that he is in the loving arms of God, and we who believe in the Mystire Tensaea Mutan (resurrection) know that we will meet again.

I strive to do all that I am able, to help to continue his works and his vision to unify the churches of the West, and educate the people born outside of Ethiopia on the practice and principles of worship of the  Ancient Holy Mother Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.   I love it when everyone feels comfortable and at ease so they can concentrate their minds on worshipping our Lord God. May Eternal life be his and the songs of the Angels fill his soul with Joy. 

Teacher:  The belief that the Holy Gospel and the Holy Prayers of the EOTC should reach everyone in the Diaspora.