John Wilson Baird refers to Ethiopia as a “pathetic island in the sea of Paganism and Islam which surrounds it” (the Italo-Abyssinian war was then in progress). Its Christian history, as he unfolds, renders it much less “pathetic”. Its isolation accounted for many features peculiar to itself (e.g. circumcision, ritual dancing). The Ethiopic Liturgy is distinctive, not least in the priest’s prayers of preparation, quoted at length. Other prayers are examined, notably that leading to the consecration at the Eucharist, the offertory, the intercessions and the thanksgiving.
The Ethiopic Liturgy
Volume 08 1935-36, p37