Today the Church remembers and thanks God for St. Ephrem, Deacon (+ 373).
Lord, in your love fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit who inspired the deacon Ephrem to sing the praise of your mysteries and gave him strength to serve you alone. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.
"The East has grown luminous with the saints,
with them the West has become brilliant,
the North is raised up by them,
from the the South has learned.
They have ascended to the firmament and opened it,
they have gone down to the sea and explored it;
the mystery that the apostles revealed in a parable
have they extended to all humankind,
reaching every corner;
all creation has embraced it to draw strength from it."