Holy Communion is the culmination of all sacraments of the Church. Holy Communion means offering of sacrifice. This is not an offering of man to God, but the offering of God for man. The sheep and goats were offered as sacrifices in the altars during the times of the Old Testament.
Penance means to feel remorse, repent and cleanse oneself from sin. Although Christians are reborn through Baptism, human beings are liable to commit sins. Therefore, every Christian should have a father confessor (Nesha Abbat).
Of the seven sacraments, Baptism is the first. Baptism is the sacrament through which we are reborn and enter the Kingdom of God (Jn 3:5). Baptism has a Biblical basis (Mt. 28:19). Through Baptism sin is forgiven (Acts 2:8). Cleansing and blessing is attained through Baptism (1pet. 3:21; Tit. 3:5). Baptism means to be born again from the Holy Spirit.
The Divine Liturgy is the central worship service of the Orthodox Church and the very heart of our parish life. It offers worshippers the proclamation of the Word of God in prayer, hymns, Biblical readings and sermon, culminating with the celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Communion). In addition, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church serves the faithful through the seven sacraments.