Today St Raguel Church was inaugurated for the second time. It is a bit stunning to hear the cause of the second inauguration as it was a paradox to the very nuance of Christianity. This note tells that.
In Christianity it is always jubilation when a lost sheep (soul of Christian that has grown spiritually weak) is found and returned to the herd. Increase in number is a sign of strength and good spirit for the long journey in spiritual life as it gives a sense of courage for those who worship together even though God's presence in the midst of his people is regardless of the number as it says "For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.”
St.Raguel Church was first commemorated on Sept 11/2010 and started giving service to Dulles, VA area laity. For the people, who they had to drive 40 to 50 minutes to get to a nearby Ethiopian church, this was a great gift.
But after three weeks the property-owner of the church informed that they are concerned about the number of the people attending the mass as it was increasing by day. In point of fact the increment was not twice or trice but 5 times that of the expected amount consequently they told us to leave.
The Church was closed, I rather say the service was inconvenient-made for few weeks. But with the help of the Almighty God a new place was found and the service of St.Raguel church was able to be maintained.
To be honest, today has been one of the few happiest days I had in US ;for two reasons:
The first being the amazing gift that God gave us, as this is the most spiritually beautiful Church which is far better than the first one.
And second, even though the new space is much bigger than the first one. From the number of people that attended the mass today, I would say we will still run out of space soon.And we are going to say
አሁን እግዚአብሔር አሰፋልን፥ በምድርም እንበዛለን።