St. Ephrem the Syrian

St. Ephrem (also spelt Ephraem) the Syrian was a deacon and Father of the Church who wrote his reflections almost exclusively in poetry.  He wrote in Syriac Aramaic, a dialect of the same language spoken by Jesus and the apostles. He lived for most of his life in the city of Edessa, and wrote with such beauty on so many topics that he was nicknamed “the Harp of the Holy Spirit.” and is regarded as one of the Doctors of the Church. Saint Ephrem died in the year 373 AD. His emphatic insistence on the absolute sinlessness of the Virgin Mary makes him an early witness of the Church’s belief in Mary’s Immaculate Conception. Biography by Dr. Italy