Before Entering the Church …
Before entering the Church, we have to take off our shoes at the entrance. We never wear our shoes inside the Church, because Tewahedo Orthodox faith believes the Church is a holy ground.
This belief is derived from Exodus 3:5 (NKJV), when God was speaking to Moses at the burning bush saying: “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
Therefore, every Tewahedo Orthodox Church has a place where you can place your shoes at the entrance. After Church service is finished and you have been dismissed by the Priest, you will then be permitted to get your shoes as you exist the Church.
-Author: Selam Seyoum