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Monday, 18 June 2018

Saint Ephrem. Deacon. Confessor. Doctor Of The Church. Feast Day 18 June.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Ephrem.
   Deacon. Confessor.
   Doctor of The Church.
   Feast Day 18 June.


White Vestments.

English: Roumanian Icon of Saint Ephrem-the-Syrian.
Français: Photo d'une icône roumaine de St Ephrem le Syrien (diacre et docteur de l'Eglise dit "La Harpe de l'Esprit" ou encore "La cithare de Marie"), icône écrite par une sœur orthodoxe près d'Oradea en avril 2005, prise de vue par Geoffroy Blanc (le propriétaire de l'icône).
Date: 7 June 2006 (original upload date).
Source: Transferred from fr.wikipedia
Transferred to Commons by User:Bloody-libu using CommonsHelper.
Author: Original uploader was Troubageoff at fr.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)

Newly-excavated Church of Saint Jacob (`Idto d-Mor Y`aqub),
in Nisibis, Turkey, where Saint Ephrem taught and ministered.
Photograph by Gareth Hughes.
Photo: 12 April 1999.
Source: Own work assumed (based on Copyright claims).
Author: Garzo assumed (based on Copyright claims).
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Ephrem was born in Nisibis, Mesopotamia, and was one of the Lights of The Church (Gospel). His father, a pagan priest, cast him out of his home. He then went as a Hermit in the desert and was Ordained Deacon of Edessa (Communion).

Led by The Holy Ghost to Caesarea, in Cappadocia, he there met Saint Basil. In order to refute the numerous errors which were being spread by the prayers and canticles of the Heretics, he wrote poems and Christian Hymns, celebrating the Mysteries of The Lives of Christ, The Blessed Virgin Mary, and The Saints. That is why he is called "The Harp of The Holy Ghost". He always had a great devotion to Our Lady.

He died at Edessa in 375 A.D., under the Emperor Valens. Pope Benedict XV proclaimed him a Doctor of The Universal Church (Collect).

Let us ask God, through the intercession of Saint Ephrem, to defend His Church against the snares of error and wickedness (Collect).

Mass: In médio.
Commemoration of Saint Mark and Saint Marcellianus. Martyrs.

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