Debre Mehret Kidus Michael Church (Washington, D.C.)

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History and ministry

From the Congregation’s website:

“The Debre Mehret St. Michael’s Church was founded on May 30, 1993. Initially, the Church was established in a small room by about 30 parishioners on the initiative of Komos Abba Melaku Getaneh (Abune Fanuel) […] At that time, the services consisted of lessons from the Gospel and liturgy of atonement. As the number of parishioners attending continued to increase, a decision was taken to establish a church. The selection of the Ark became the primary focus. Three names of Arks were placed in a ballot and solemn prayers were held for seven days followed by liturgical prayers on the seventh day. When the ballot was drawn, the name of St.Michael was picked.

As the first building, we rented could only accommodate 100 people and the membership had doubled, six months later we were obliged to rent a larger space for 200 persons at a higher rate. […] It is gratifying to mention here that, whenever we acquired a larger space, the number of the parishioners increased two-fold, and even the latter space rented became too crowded. After extensive discussions by the Clergy and the Administrative Committee on how to solve the problem, a unanimous decision was reached to acquire an edifice. […] By the Grace of God and in fulfillment of their spiritual obligations, within three months, the parishioners made donations toward the down-payment of a large building […] in Bladensburg (Earl Place) on the North Eastern section of Washington, D.C.” 

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