TEWAHIDO The word "Tewahido" is the Eritrean term (meaning "made one") which is the best expression conveying the faith of the Church, since it emphasizes the inseparable unity of the Godhead and Manhood in the Person of Christ Church.
Our Belief We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, the one Son of the Father, who was with Him before the Creation of the world. Light begotten of Light, True God begotten of True God, not created. He is equal with the Father. There is nothing in heaven and earth that exists without Him. Mt. 3:17, Jn. 1.1:4. For us and for the salvation of human He came down from heaven; by the operation of the Holy Spirit He put on flesh of the holy Virgin Mary and became man. In the time of Pontius Pilate He was crucified for us suffered and died and was buried. On the third day He was separated from the dead and rose. With glory He ascended to heaven and sat on the right hand of His Father, and He shall come again in honor and glory that He may judge the living and the dead, and there is no end to His Kingdom. Mat. 1:20-21, 1pet. 3:18; Phil. 2.6-8; Rom. 5.8; Cor. 15: 3-4; 1Pet. 3:19-20. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord who saves, He who proceeds from the Father; together with the Father and the son we worship Him, we honor Him, we glorify Him. We believe in one Holy church, which is over all, the assembly and congregation of the Apostles, Eph. 2:19,20,22. We believe in one Baptism, that it was given for the forgiveness of sin. Eph. 4: 3-6, Ps. 32:1-2, Eph. 1:6. And believing in the resurrection of the dead, we hope for everlasting life to come. 1Cor. 15: 22-24; Jn. 10:27-28. The dogmas we believe are contained in this symbol of the Faith. No one has any right to add to or take from it. Other dogmas are contained in the dogmatic definitions of the Third Council in Ephesus which declared that Christ is one in hypostasis, perfect God and perfect Man, is the Son of God, without a mother on the higher plane, and the Son of His Mother without a father on the lower. His ever-Virgin Mother is properly and truly called the Mother of God, as having properly and truly given birth in the flesh to God the Logos.
Liturgy Sacred Liturgy is the very heart of Eritrean Orthodox worship. All the various kinds and types of Orthodox prayer and ritual cluster around the Sacrifice of the Mass that was instituted by the Lord the same night in which He was betrayed (1Cor. 11:23-25). The Church of Eritrea has fourteen Anaphoras, a unique phenomenon in any Christian Church. Each is used on special occasions to mark the observance of a particular Holy day. Though the Anaphoras differ in length and content, they have common characteristics. They stress the Incarnation, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. In principle the Mass is conducted in Ge'ez, the ancient classical and liturgical language of Eritrea. Today however, the readings and certain portions of the liturgy are in the vernacular, Tigrigna. The congregation, both men and women, may join in the singing. When presiding over liturgy, in addition to the celebrant (main priest) and at least one other priest, the presence of three deacons is required.
Angels Angels are from among those who were created on the Sunday (Jubilee 2:6-8). The Holy Bible says that angels are made from fire and wind (3 Mac. 2:10-11). Angels do not reproduce but remain as they were originally created. They are by nature thinking, speaking, living and powerful. They are free from affliction of sickness and death. Their number is not limited. They are divided into orders and chieftainship. They were divided in one hundred orders and into ten heavenly places. Angels are close aides to God. They are always by His throne praising Him (Rev. 4:8-11). They are fast in their service (Ps. 103:4, Heb. 1:6). They ascend and descend between God and man (Jn. 1:52, Heb. 1:14). When generally explained the role of Angels can be said:
To minister between man and God
To present man's prayers, alms and offerings to God.
To bring God's mercy and bounty to men (Dan. 9:20-22, Lk. 1:13, Acts 10:3-5)
To bring before God the soul of men after death. (Lk. 16:22, Sutu. Ez. 6:6-20)
To unfailingly guard every creature (Mt. 18:10, Dan. 4:13)
They are sent for exacting mercy or wrath (Rom. 9:22)
They are sent to bring solace and help in times of suffering and hardship (Acts 12:7-11, Ps. 89:7)
They are sent to separate the sinners from the righteous when the world comes to an end (Mt. 24:31, Rev. 7:1-4).