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Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

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The divine services of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are celebrated primarily in the Ge'ez language, which has been the language of the Church at least since the arrival of the [[Nine Saints]] (Abba Pantelewon, Abba Gerima (Issac or Yisihaq), Abba Aftse, Abba Guba, Abba Alef, Abba Yem'ata, Abba Liqanos, and Abba Sehma), who fled persecution by the East Roman emperors after the Council of Chalcedon in 451. The [[Septuagint]] version of the Old Testament was translated into Ge'ezaround the time of the Nine Saints. Services are also occasionally served in Amharic or English in the Ethiopian Diaspora and in Amharic at St. Stephen's Church in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. [[Sermon]]s are delivered in the local languages of the Church's faithful, which include Amharic, Gambela, Gurage, Oromo, Sidama, and Tigrayan.

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