|excerpts from the book...|
The Coronation of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I
compiled by Research Associates Schools Times Publications
|Before the ser'ata megs (the royal ritual) began, the Archbishop, Abuna Qerillos, approached |
with a gospel bound in gold and asked Us to complete the following words of the oath:
1. That We should strengthen the orthodox faith which had remained steadfast in Ethiopia from
the days of the holy kings, Abreha and Asheha and that We should keep, without disturbance, the
laws and ordinances which the orthodox Church has laid down.
2. That in all We are doing by Our authority and Our power, to the people in the Imperial realm of
Ethiopia We should act with consideration for the interests of the people according to law as well
as with kindness and with patience.
3. That We would permanently maintain the laws We had established after submitting them, of Our
own free will, to the Council for advice and that We would safeguard the entire Ethiopian realm
and people in accordance with established law and the ordinances of the Council.
4. That We would assist, by Our good will and authority, the establishment of schools at which
secular and spiritual education would be developed in Ethiopia and in which the gospels would be