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28—Ephrem, Symbolist

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 24, 2020 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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As a theological poet, he is peerless but for Dante. Yet Ephrem’s fame rests not only on his words, but also on his heroic deeds. He lived almost his entire life in a war zone. He helped invent the hospital and the women’s choir. He served tirelessly in times of famine and natural disaster—and he died caring for the sick during a pandemic. More than 500 of his hymns have survived into our time.


Free audiobook readings of St. Ephrem’s hymns

Ephraim the Syrian, The Nisibene Hymns

Ephraim the Syrian, Nineteen Hymns on the Nativity of Christ in the Flesh

Sozomen, Ecclesiastical History (Ephraim’s story is at Book III, Chapter XVI)

Robert Murray, S.J., Symbols of Church and Kingdom: A Study in Early Syriac Tradition

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Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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