Words of hope from Saint Ephrem the Syrian that inspire us to repentance.
Beauty from the ancient Syriac church. May we pray for peace in Syria so the church may flourish once again.
Professor Sebastian Brock of Oxford is internationally recognized as an expert on Syriac language and culture. This video posted today and the second one tomorrow will give you some insight into how this ancient tradition can yield a rich harvest of prayer within the soul.
‘St. Ephrem, called “the Harp of the Holy Spirit,” is the great classic Doctor of the Syrian church. As deacon at Edessa, he vigorously combated the heresies of his time, and to do so more effectively wrote poems and hymns about the mysteries of Christ, the Blessed Virgin and the saints. He had a great devotion to Our Lady. He was a commentator on Scripture and a preacher as well as a poet, and has left a considerable number of works, which were translated into other Eastern languages as well as into Greek and Latin. He died in 373. Benedict XV proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 1920.’
Although Saint Ephrem is a Doctor of the universal church, many western Christians are unaware of the great Syriac patrimony of the ancient churches of the east. This video will help you gain some insight into the world from which Saint Ephrem emerged.