IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD. AMEN
Abune Meba Tsion - አቡነ መብዓ ፅዮን
Saint Abune Meba Tsion (አቡነ መብዓ ፅዮን) was born in the 15th century in the city of Shewa Tigulat to a childless couple who prayed to the almighty God through fasting and prayer. At young age Abune Meba Tsion was filled with the love of our holy mother and her son Our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kirstos and entered a Monastery life.
Young Saint Abune Meba Tsion fought a great fight to remember the suffering of our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kirstos and to understand his suffering on the cross so that he may be able to be in grieve and sorrow for his own sins. Once Our Lord came to him through vision and ask him my son “Would you like to see my suffering on the cross? Saint Abune Meba Tsion replied "Yes, I do. Few days later when Abune Meba Tsion was completing his Friday regular prayer he In-visioned our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kirstos as His hands and feet were nailed and stretched out on the cross, and He had a crown of thorns on His head when he was brought to a Roman court. After this vision every Friday Saint Abune Meba Tsion used to carry a large stone on his back, struck his chest with rock, and used to drink Kosso (cup of bitter) to commemorate the suffering of our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kirstos. Saint Abune Meba Tsion also lost his sight because of the fact that he was constantly crying remembering Lord’s suffering on the cross. But the Blessed Virgin Mariam, the Most High came to Abune Meba Tsion with Chalice of light and anointed his eyes and healed them. Our Holy Virgin Mother called his name Tekle Mariam. Because of the abundance of his righteousness, Saint Abune Meba Tsion planted his wood cane, and it produce lemons and other citrus fruits. When the righteous come to his rest day Tekemt 27 [November 6] Our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kirstos the Redeemer who pays the true price for his saints came down to Saint Abune Meba Tsion and gifted him with many promises and covenants. One of the promises is anyone who honored saint Abune Meba Tsion’s name by making pilgrimage to the Monastery, on top of a tall mountain, will have all his sins forgiven. To this day visitors can see that the body of those who got burial at the Monastery doesn’t decay. The Memorial of Abune Meba Tsion is celebrated annually on Tekemt 27 on the Feast of the Crucifixion.
May the prayer of Abune Meba Tsion be up on us! Amen