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A worshiper clasps her hands together as she ululates while she and other women listen to children sing songs honoring St. Michael, the Virgin Mary and God during the opening of the permanent location of the Debre Mihret St. Michael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Rainier Valley in Seattle on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Ceremonies to inaugurate the church, which was previously located at a temporary location near 26th and Union St., began at 3am Saturday with priests, deacons, clergy and two archbishops, one of whom was invited from Ethiopia. The church's main ceremonies continued until mid-afternoon. Many attendees chose to wear traditional white Ethiopian clothes, often made of "shema," or cotton, symbolizing the purity of Christ. The larger Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which became autocephalous in the 1950s, has a membership of about 40 million people, most of whom live in Ethiopia. "Tewahedo" is a Ge'ez word (Ethiopic script) meaning "being made one" or "unified".