Oil dedicated to Martyr Blessed Ghebre Michael on prayer cloth
Martyr Blessed Ghebre Michael born on 1791 in Ethiopia.
At an early age he lost one eye in an accident. and in his culture that rendered him unfit for most types of work. He received some education and then entered a monastery, where he showed himself a gifted student.
His great interest was the history of monasticism. He saw, from his own experience, that there had been a great lowering of standards in Ethiopian monasteries, and he wished to do further research into the reasons for this, and his superiors commissioned him to do so. This gave him the authority to travel around the country visiting various monasteries and studying their practices and doing research in the manuscripts in their libraries.
Converted to Christianity by Vincentian missionaries in 1844, Michael joined the Order himself. Ordained in 1851, and served in the Apostolic Vicariate of Abyssinia. He was reluctant to accept, since the purpose of the journey was to bring back a new Orthodox bishop.
A date fixed for him to begin his internal seminary but when the fixed day arrived he was under arrest.
Arrested for his faith with four companions whose names have lost to us during the persecution of Negus Theodore II. Dragged from place to place, he died a prisoner and martyr.