The Confraternity of St Mary of Tsion
Press Release 20th
Restore church services
and shame the devil
CSMT is a non-partisan network of dedicated EOTC
members in London. It was born in April 2013 following the brazen early morning
desecration of the church of St Mary of Tsion in Battersea by a motley crew of
former members of Ethiopia’s military dictatorship known as the Derg and
Ethiopian political activists from a variety of opposition parties.
It is now an open secret why these forces are
paired against the institution of EOTC. Chagrined and despondent by their
inability to oil their political and propaganda machinery to bring down the
Ethiopian Government, they have been salivating on accessing the vast
resources of St Mary of Tsion in order to realise their hidden agenda.
We are elated by the decision of the Parish
Council to restore services after a hiatus of eight months. We want to seize
this opportunity to extend our thanks and appreciation to the local Police for addressing
our statutory right to free worship.
We find it incredulous that a Christian opposes
a restoration of services for the worship of the Risen Christ. And it is for
that reason, and that reason alone, that we unequivocally condemn picketing
within the precinct of St Mary of Tsion by those who seem to place greater
importance to their ego, rather than to the glory of God.
We also want to make it categorically clear that
we are not mercenaries of any group or party, but don’t deny that we are missionaries
of Jesus and Mary. We hereby express our unshakable loyalty and fidelity to
the Trust Deeds of St Mary of Debre Tsion which categorically states, “St
Mary of Tsion is a branch of EOTC and…….comes under the spiritual jurisdiction
of the Patriarch thereof.”
Of two things everyone can rest assured.
Firstly, we will, under no circumstances take recourse to violent means in
order to defend our right to free worship. Secondly, we will not give in to
former Derg henchmen’s intimidation, for we are not prepared to be reminded
that they were the ones who hunted and hounded us in Ethiopia during their
Reign of Terror. As we all live in a democracy where the rule of law is
paramount, we urge the other side to take their contention to a public law
court rather than resort to cyber bullying. We, therefore, extend our fraternal
advice to the picketers to come back to their senses, and join us in the House
of the Lord glorifying the Risen Christ. By so doing we can delight God and
shame the devil. Happy 2014!