In the Tewahedo Orthodox Church, a mezemran is an honorable name given to a girl who attends church on regular basis and participates in mezmur and hits the Koboro (drum). She puts God first and has the love of Christ in her Heart. She shows no hatred to anyone, as she knows Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins (proverbs 10:12 ). She respects others and prays for everyone. She doesn’t defile God’s commandments and has no desire for self gratification. She lives by the standard of God not the world. She conducts herself in a Christian manner inside and outside of the church. She exemplifies the life of a true christian 365 days not only 52 days out of the year.
She humbles herself and respects herself. She doesn’t put on a false persona to please others. She only aims to please Christ at all times. She has the fear of God embedded in her heart and enters the church trembling every time, as she knows she is now in God’s house. She respects the church and what it stands for. Rumors and gossip do not please her and she makes no time for such. She knows no one but God is perfect and she is not the one to judge. She has memorized the following scripture as it’s engraved in her heart.
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
– Matthew 7: 1 – 5 (NKJV)
She handles herself peacefully, calmly and respectfully at all times. She doesn’t boast or envy. She doesn’t scream at the top of her lungs when she is angry or upset, especially in God’s house. She calmly explains herself, as she knows the scripture says, you yourselves are to put off all anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth (Colossians 3:8). She doesn’t participate in division and is known as the peacekeeper. She would never dare to call anyone disrespectful names. She’s very cautious to never slander the character of anyone. As she knows God says, Whoever slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure (Psalm 101:5).
She prays for her enemies and wishes nothing bad for anyone. She never wants to do others any harm and never wants to treat anyone unkind. She doesn’t allow hatred to enter her heart. She goes to the person when she needs clarification. She’s never quick to judge and never makes any assumptions. When disputes arise, she hears both sides and prays for God to enlighten everyone’s heart. When she makes mistakes she is quick to turn to her spiritual father for guidance and advice. She doesn’t continue making the same mistakes over and over again, thinking God doesn’t see her sins. She knows to well that one day she’ll have to face our Lord and Savior. As Christ said, “I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:26). She knows she’ll have to answer to Him if she’s disgraced His name in anyway. She gets down on her knees and asks God for forgiveness. She quickly repents and turns away from her sins, as she knows God’s punishment is far greater than anyone else’s. She knows to well heaven and hell are real.
She knows her title is a privilege and not a right. She’s down to earth and knows her place, as a mezemran is never above the clergy. My mezemran sisters please be cautious as you carry a great and honorable name. Please don’t dishonor the title by doing or saying ungodly things. Be proud, but never prideful. Always remember the one you serve is Christ!
Stay strong in your faith and stay strong in honoring God, as you carry an honorable name.
Author Selam Seyoum