St Ephraem the Syrian
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St Ephraem the Syrian
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St. Ephraem (306- 373), his Saints Day or Feast Day is Feast Day: June 9. Known more as a deacon than a priest , He stressed Mary’s virginity and is the first to describe her as the Bride of Christ . He is credited as being the founder of the School of Nisibis St. Ephrem is also known as a poet and hymn writer, otherwise known as the "Harp of the Spirit"

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St Ephraem the Syrian Quotes featuring Angels

St Ephraem the Syrian Quotes featuring Angels

" The knowledge of man to the knowledge of an Angel is like a feeble twilight, and even the knowledge of the Angels to the knowledge of the Spirit is as a little twinkling."

" When the Angels searched to learn the generation of the Son, they directed their questions to those that were higher than they and these great ones learn at the suggestion of the Spirit. As the degrees of the Angels, so are the questions of the Angels. There is none among them that dareth to stretch unto aught that is greater than his own measure"

" The natures of the Seraphim angels are concealed from us, so that we are to seek as to how an angel hath six angel wings, and what his wings are and where they are, and how a spirit needeth to fly by means of wings. Is this a parable? or is it plain truth? If a truth, very hidden it is; and if a figure, very perplexing it is. Withdrawn from us then is that Infinite Hidden Being and the searching after Him too high for mortals. "

"Who would not be astonished to think that if even the Son is a servant, that the womb of his generator made Him fellow - servant of all; and that He was more glorious on the birth of Mary, which did make Him a true brother of mankind, than in that from the womb which did no make Him either Angel or man, but made Him fellow servant of kinsman or creeping things and brutes. Who can deny the names of the True One; he hath heard His true nature in His name: and if the name of Son and of Generator were found to be untrue, then He was a deceiver. But if the name of the creature really applies to it, that name is found to be true"

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St Ephraem the Syrian Angel Encounter

St Ephraem The Syrian  - A.D 378 also known as Saint Ephrem the Syrian

Saint Ephraem was the son of poor parents of Nisibis, who had confessed Christ before the persecutors, under Diocletian or his successors. In his narrative of his conversion , St Ephraem laments some of the faults of his youth. " When I was a boy, says he I was rather wild" . One day my parents sent me out of town , and I found a cow that was in calf feeding in the road leading to the wood. this cow belonged to very poor people . I took up stones , and began pelting the cow, and driving it before me into the wood, and I drove the beast on till in the evening, it fell down dead, and during the night wild beasts ate it. On my way back the poor man who owned it , and he asked me, 'My son have you been driving away my cow?
'Then I not only denied, but heaped abuse and insult upon him.'

Some few days after he was sent out of the town by his parents again, and he wandered in the wood, idling with some shepherds, till night fell. Then, as it was too late to return he remained the night with the shepherds. That night the fold was broken into and some of the sheep were carried off. Then , the shepherds, thinking the boy had been in league with the robbers dragged him before the magistrate, and he was cast into prison, where he found two men in chains, charged, one with homicide, the other with adultery, though they protested their innocence. In a dream an angel appeared to St Ephraem, and asked him why he was there.

The boy began at once to declare himself guiltless. " Yes, said the angel , guiltless thogh art of the crime imputed to you, but hast thou forgotten the poor man's cow? Listen to the conversation of man who are with thee, and thou wilt learn that none suffer without cause."

In the morning, the two men began to speak, and one said, " The other day, as I was going over a bridge, I saw two fellows quarreling, and one flung the other over into the water; and I did not put forth my hand to save him, as I might have done, and so he was drowned."

Presently the other man said, " I am not guilty of this adultery of which I am charged, but nevertheless I have done a very wicked thing. Two brothers and a sister were left an inheritance by their father, and the two young men wished to deprive their sister of what was her due, and they bribed me to give false evidence whereby the will was upset, and the property divided between them, to the exclusion of the poor girl."

After an imprisonment of forty days, St Ephraem was brought before the magistrate along with his fellow prisoners. He says, that when he saw the two men stripped, and stretched on the rack, " An awful terror came over me, and I trembled thinking I was sure to be subjected to the same treatment as they. Therefore I cried, and shivered and my heart altogether failed me. Then the people and the apparitors began to laugh at my tears and fright, and asked me what I was crying for ? 'You ought to have considered this before boy!' but now the tears are of no avail. You shall soon have a taste of the rack too, never doubt it.' Then at these words, my soul melted clean away."

However he was spared this time, and the innocence of his companions, having been proved, they were set free. St Ephraem was taken back to prison , where he spent 40 more days; and whilst he was there, the two man that had defrauded their sister of her inheritance, and the man who had flung his adversary into the river, were caught and chained in the dungeon with him. these men and St Ephraem were bought forth to trial together, and the men were sentenced, after they had been racked, and had confessed their crime, to lose their right hands.

St Ephraem the Syrian,  in another paroxysm of fear, made a vow that he would become a monk, if God would spare him the suffering of the rack.

To his extreme terror the magistrte ordered him to be stripped, and the question to be applied. Then St Ephraem stood naked and trembling beside the rack, when fortunately the servant came upon the magistrate to tell him that dinner was ready." Very well, " said the magistrate, " then I will examine this boy another day." And he ordered him back to prison.

On his next appearance, the magistrate, thinking St Ephraem had been punished enough, dismissed him, and he ran off instantly to the mountains, to an old hermit, and asked him to make of him a monk .

( as St Ephraem the Syrian related the incident several times to his monks, and they wrote it down from what he related, there exist several versions of the story slightly differing from one another. )

He was eighteen years old when he was babtized , and immediately after he received the Sacrament of Regeneration, he began to discipline his body and soul with great severity. He lay on the bare ground, often fastened whole days, and spent a considerable part of the night in prayer. He exercised the handicraft of a sail-maker. He was naturally a passionate man, but he learned so completely to subdue his temper, that the opposite virtue of meekness became conspicuous , so that he received the title of " The Peaceable Man of God"                         

Sozomen relates that once, after St Ephraem had fasted several days, the brother, who was bringing him a mess of pottage, let the dish fall and broke it, and strewed the food upon the floor. Saint Ephraem , seeing his confusion, said cheerfully, " Never mind, if the supper won't come to me, I will go to the supper." Then, sitting down on the ground by the broken dish, he picked the pottage as well as he could.

" He devoted his life to monastic philosophy, " says Sozomen; " and although he had received no education, he became, contrary to expectation , so proficient in the learning and language of the Syrians, that he comprehended with ease the most obtruse problems of philosophy. His style of writing was so full of glowing oratory and sublimity of thought , that he surpassed all the writers of Greece.

The production of Saint Ephraem were translated into Greek during his life, and translation are even now being made, and yet they preserve much of their original force, so that his works are no less admired in Greek than in Syriac. "

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St Ephraem The Syrian  - A.D 378

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