Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Saint Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church

Saint Ephrem was born of a Christian family at Nisibis around the year 306. Ordained deacon, he exercised this office throughout the country and in Edessa, where he founded a theological school. Despite his ascetic life he did not relax his ministries of preaching and writing books to confute the errors of the time. He died in 373.

Lord, in Your love fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit, who inspired the deacon Ephrem to sing the praise of Your mysteries and gave him strength to serve You alone. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Liturgy of the Hours)

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