Abba Liqanos

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Abba Liqanos was one of the Nine Saints credited in Ethiopia with enculturating and spreading the Orthodox Faith in the country following its official conversion by St. Frumentius of Axum. Abba Liqanos is commemorated on 28 Hidar (December 7).


It is said that the Nine Saints arrived in Axum, the first great capital city of Ethiopia, in 480. They came from various parts of the East Roman Empire, having fled the persecutions of the Orthodox who remained faithful to the teaching of St. Cyril of Alexandria after Chalcedon. Abba Liqanos is written to have come from Constantinople. After learning the Ge'ez language in Axum the he moved on to the area around modern Adwa, where he founded the Monastery of Debre Qwenasel.

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