Ethiopian Baptismal Ewer


An ewer is a pitcher that holds water used for the thanksgiving over the water in the baptism service. The pitcher’s center image is Saint John the Baptism baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River. The Eastern Christians celebrate Epiphany (January 19th) as the Baptism of Jesus. Ethiopians call Epiphany Timkat (Baptism). There are angels resembling the ceiling angels at the 17th century church, Debre Birhan Selassie, Gondar, Ethiopia. The Holy Spirit dove is above the baptism imagery. The name means Trinity of Light. The word Timkat is written on the inside in Amharic. An Ethiopian cross with wanfit Tree of Life braiding is on the inside bottom.

Patricia Ferrari Merrell is a ceramic artist living in Raleigh.

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While preaching one Sunday, Father Jemonde Taylor held up a newspaper in his left hand, saying, “This is news.” He then held up a Bible, saying, “And this is Good News.”

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