Category Archives: St. Ephrem the Syrian

AD 306-373

The Paradoxes in Jonah’s Life

He abandoned silencing the iniquity of the city. He went to stir up a storm of the sea. Instead of sanctifying the wicked city, he went to overturn a ship of the sea. Continue reading

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The Scroll

Truly, these are holy and righteous men whom ye have mentioned, yet not one of them can receive this scroll—only Ephraim, who is meek and humble of heart Continue reading

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Falsely Accused

‘Be pious, and thou shalt comprehend the providence of God. Ponder in thy thoughts what thou hast thought and what thou hast done… Continue reading

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Falsely accused

Once, the young Ephraim was falsely accused of stealing  a sheep, and was cast into prison. Two others likewise innocent, were imprisoned after him. “Seven days passed,” the venerable one recounted later in life, “and on the eighth I had a dream in which someone said to me: … Continue reading

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The Son of the Carpenter

Glory be to Thee, Who didst lay Thy cross as a bridge over death, that souls might pass over upon it Continue reading

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Simeon’s Song

For the Son was not presented by the servant to His Father, but the servant was presented by the Son to his Lord. Continue reading

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How to conquer pride?

whatever you do, say not that you do it by your own labours, or with your own strength. Continue reading

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The Word Sent the Voice

St. Ephraim the Syrian: 4. Moses sweetened in Marah the waters that were bitter, — because the People complained and murmured: — Thus he gave a sign of baptism, — wherein the Lord of life makes sweet them that were … Continue reading

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In This Night

In this night of reconcilement let no man be wroth or gloomy! In this night that stills all, none that threatens or disturbs! This night belongs to the sweet One; bitter or harsh be in it none! In this night that … Continue reading

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