Saint Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

August 10, St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr – He is remembered for his charitable works which ultimately resulted in a death sentence. The story persists that after being placed on a gridiron over a fire, he announced that he was done on one side and should be turned over. He is the patron saint...

Ephrem of Edessa – Hymn

A hymn by Ephrem of Edessa From God Christ’s deity came forth, His manhood from humanity; his priesthood from Melchizedek, his royalty from David’s tree: praised be his Oneness. He joined with guests at wedding feast, Yet in the wilderness did fast; he taught within the temple’s gates; his people saw him die at...

Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon

June 10 – Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon It is said that in 325 Ephrem accompanied his bishop, James of Nisibis, to the Council of Nicea. His writings are an eloquent defense of the Nicene faith in the Deity of Jesus Christ. He countered the Gnostics’ practice of spreading their message through popular songs by...