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CatholicCulture Ephrem, Symbolist 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 …More
CatholicCulture Ephrem, Symbolist 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. Links Ephraim the Syrian, The Nisibene Hymns catholicculture.org/…lture/library/fathers/view.cfm Ephraim the Syrian, Nineteen Hymns on the Nativity of Christ in the Flesh catholicculture.org/…lture/library/fathers/view.cfm Sozomen, Ecclesiastical History (Ephraim’s story is at Book III, Chapter XVI) catholicculture.org/…lture/library/fathers/view.cfm