The Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahddo Church

Ethiopia received Christianity from Egypt, and until the late twentieth century, the patriarch was a Copt consecrated by the Coptic patriarch. There are certainly liturgical borrowings from Egypt, for example, the ordination rites. Furthermore, it would seem that the areas of Egypt which redacted or used the canons of Hippolytus, or the Hippolytan genre (Sinados and Testament of our Lord) were influential, and became the normal liturgy of this Church. However, we also find Syrian influences, together with medieval indigenous creativity to give the liturgical texts a characteristic style. In addition, living alongside Muslims and Falashas has also influenced the imagery and concepts of the liturgical material. The result is a very distinct liturgical tradition.

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