For those pilgrims who abstained and fasted, the climax of the feast which includes the chanting of psalms, the reading of sacred works, liturgical dances and a plethora of sermons and pious exhortations to follow the example of Mary is the reception of the Eucharist during the Divine Liturgy, which is celebrated in a vast modern church built by the last emperor, Haile Selassie. Awed by the presence of God, Ethiopians rarely receive Communion.
Mariam Zion concludes with a simple lunch, the fast broken by the Eucharist.
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