By Danae King
Members of Columbus’ Ethiopian community, which numbers some 40,000, gathered Friday at Big Walnut Park on the East Side to celebrate Meskel.
The annual holiday celebrates the story of the discovery in Ethiopia of the hidden cross Jesus was crucified on when Queen Helena in the third century lit a fire and the smoke showed her where it was.
Though their accents and garb may be different, Moses Haregewoyn wants those around him to know that Ethiopian Christians share one very important thing with other Christians: the Holy Cross.
The cross, celebrated by Ethiopians around the world on the annual holiday of Meskel, is treasured by Ethiopian Christians and in the culture as a whole, said Haregewoyn, senior pastor at Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on the East Side, one of five Ethiopian churches in Columbus.
After Jesus was killed on the cross, it was brought to Ethiopia, and it’s still there today, he said.
The story is one everyone at a Meskel celebration at Big Walnut Park on the East Side seemed to know by heart: the cross Jesus was crucified on was hidden, so in the third century Queen Helena lit a large fire, and the smoke showed her where the cross was hidden
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