The Hymns on Faith. Saint Ephraem Syrus , St. Ephrem the Syrian. He was a prolific author, composing over four hundred hymns, several metrical homilies, and at least two scriptural commentaries.
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View Cart. Plough Quarterly features stories, ideas, and culture for people eager to put their faith into action. Our free newsletter brings you a refreshing mix of inspiration and commentary, reflections and reviews. Prayers for this pandemic: Receive Christian prayers of comfort, courage, and hope every day of the year. Free by email or RSS feed. How wonderful to be introduced to St. Ephram and hear the beautiful hymn, I feel lost in my "church", our local Catholic parish.
I am grateful to discover Plough. How strange many U. Prayers ascending for our Christian brothers and sisters in Syria and for all who are hurting or displaced by war and pain whether or not they know Him yet. Sweet Jesus, wrap them in Your beautiful Love, and bring them home. I, too, am taken by the words of this hymn - Light of the just and joy of the upright. Does anyone know which of Ephrem's hymns is the source of this modern translation? I have been looking, but to no avail.
This is wonderful! What Saint Ephraim lived for and represents, is an era in the Church where it was very costly to follow Christ. Similarly, within this past hundred years, we are seeing more new martyrs than in all the centuries before. This faith that St. Ephraim lived by is still being lived within the Orthodox Church today. When I did a long search for early church a few years ago, all roads pointed to the Orthodox Church, which has continued to this day in succession through the laying on of hands by the episcopacy.
My wife, Concetta and I are eternally grateful to Lord for leading us to His Church, and love to share this with others. Saul, having now become Paul, returned to Damascus after spending time in Arabia, and remained there for three years.
One of these was Ephrem the Syrian , who, after his baptism around AD , helped to spread Christianity into inner Syria. Ephrem is best remembered today as a composer of hymns, over four hundred of which are still in existence. The lyrics of his songs helped to defend the faith against false doctrine, teach about various aspects of Christian belief, and give praise and worship to God.
Ephrem died serving others: in AD , he caught the plague while ministering to the sick. From the true Light there arises for us the light which illumines our darkened eyes.
His glory shines upon the world and enlightens the very depths of the abyss. Death is annihilated, night has vanished, and the gates of Sheol are broken. Creatures lying in darkness from ancient times are clothed in light. The dead arise from the dust and sing because they have a Savior. He brings salvation and grants us life. He ascends to his Father on high. He will return in glorious splendor and shed His light on those gazing upon Him.
Our King comes in majestic glory. Let us light our lamps and go forth to meet Him. Let us find our joy in Him, for He has found joy in us. He will indeed rejoice us with His marvelous light. Let us glorify the majesty of the Son and give thanks to the almighty Father Who, in an outpouring of love, sent Him to us, to fill us with hope and salvation. When He manifests Himself, the saints awaiting Him in weariness and sorrow, will go forth to meet Him with lighted lamps.
The angels and guardians of heaven will rejoice in the glory of the just and upright people of earth; Together crowned with victory, they will sing hymns and psalms. Stand up then and be ready! Give thanks to our King and Savior, Who will come in great glory to gladden us with His marvelous light in His kingdom.
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Ephrem the Syrian
Nineteen Hymns on the Nativity of Christ in the Flesh. Translated into Prose by Rev. Edward Johnston Sources of Hymns Source: Rev.
Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns
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Autocephaly recognized universally de facto , by some Autocephalous Churches de jure. His feast day is celebrated on 28 January and on the Saturday of the Venerable Fathers. Ephrem wrote a wide variety of hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose exegesis. These were works of practical theology for the edification of the Church in troubled times. So popular were his works, that, for centuries after his death, Christian authors wrote hundreds of pseudepigraphal works in his name.