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St. Ephrem the Syrian

Our Righteous Father Ephrem the Syrian was a prolific Syriac language hymn writer, monk and theologian of the 4th century. He is venerated by Christians throughout the world, but especially among Syriac Christians, as a saint. His feast day in the Orthodox Church is January 28.

The most well known of the writings attributed to him is the Prayer of Saint Ephrem that is a part of most days of Great Lent:

O Lord and Master of my life,
take from me the spirit of sloth,
meddling, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother,
for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

O God, be gracious to me, a sinner.

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