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Monday, June 15, 2015

A living Marian tradition in Ethiopia - A Moment with Mary



* June 15 – Feast of All the Churches of the Holy Land (Ethiopia) - Apparitions of Deir Al-Maghti  * A living Marian tradition in Ethiopia ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

June 15 – Feast of All the Churches of the Holy Land (Ethiopia) - Apparitions of Deir Al-Maghti 

A living Marian tradition in Ethiopia



According to the Marian tradition preserved in Ethiopia, the monastery of Al Maghti (Lower Egypt) was built at a place where the Holy Family stayed for five days during their flight into Egypt (1).

In the first year after the founding of the monastery, the monks gathered in the church saw a pillar of light touch the altar, which turned into a luminous boat carrying the Virgin Mary, some angels and saints, and also the Holy Innocents murdered by order of Herod. The Virgin asked the monks to associate the people to this miracle, so a pilgrimage was organized. It lasted five days in all, gathering Egyptian, Ethiopian, Maronite, Greek, Nestorian, Latin and even Muslim pilgrims, who stayed at huge campsites...

The apparitions at the Al-Maghti monastery were well known in Ethiopia, thanks to the Book of Miracles of Mary. According to this book, whose existence was confirmed by the geographer Al-Maqrizi (d. 1441), the monastery was destroyed in 1438 during Ramadan, on order of the Mamluk sultan of the time.

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(1) cf lalumierededieu.eklablog.com

René Laurentin & Patrick Sbalchiero
In Dictionnaire encyclopédique des apparitions de la Vierge, Fayard, Paris 2007.

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