Book of Saints – Ephraem the Syrian


EPHRAEM THE SYRIAN (Saint) (February 1) (4th century) A Father of the Church, a great orator and a true poet, who has left us a considerable body of writings of which his Exposition of the Scriptures is the most notable. Born in Mesopotamia of Christian parents, he became a monk while still young, and appears to have been present at the Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) as deacon or attendant upon one of the Bishops. The chief scene of his labours was Edessa (Orfa), where he taught in the schools and became famous for his skill and success in controversy. The last years of his life he passed in solitude, dying at an advanced age, A.D. 378.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Ephraem the Syrian”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 December 2012. Web. 16 February 2019. <>