09 June 2008

St. Ephraim the Syrian

St. Ephraim the Syrian was known as the "Harp of the Holy Spirit" because of the beautiful hymns he wrote during the 4th century. During Lent I mentioned his wonderful prayer that is recited by Byzantine Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. He is loved by Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Monophysites, and was declared a Doctor of the Church by the Roman Catholic Church.

From every mouth “Blessed are ye,”
on every side “Blessed are ye.”
Sin from you is driven out,
and the Holy Spirit on you is dwelling.
The Evil One is become sad of countenance;
the Good God makes glad your countenance.
The gift that ye have received freely,
cease not from watching over it:
(Hymn for the Feast of Epiphany 6:16-17)

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