Today's Saint (June 18): Ephraem Syrus - Deacon, Confessor & Doctor
Saint Ephraem (Also "Ephrem" or "Ephraim") was born around 306 at Nisbis (Mesopotamia) and died around 373. During the Persian takover of Nisbis in 363, he became a hermit in the desert of Edessa.
With a cave as his home, he wrote many poetical works and hymns, earning him the title of "Harp of the Holy Ghost." He was also instrumental in establishing charitable relief for the poor of Edessa.
Writing his voluminous works mostly in verse, they include exegetical, dogmatic and ascetical writings.
"In the midst of the congregation he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding." (The day's Introit, page F 26, The People's Anglican Missal)
The writer of this post is especially connected with today's saint, as it was on Ephraem's feast day that I was ordained Deacon (in 1976). +dgm
Books Worth Considering
Hymns on Paradise
The Luminous Eye: The Spiritual World Vision of Saint Ephrem (Cistercian Studies, # 124)
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)