Saint Ephraim the Syrian
Saint Ephraim, our patron Saint, lived in the 4th century AD and though a very young man at the time, was among the 318 Fathers at the first Ecumenical Council in the year 325.
In his childhood, St Ephraim was wayward and impetuous but came to embark on a path of asceticism, repentance and salvation. He became a renowned teacher of repentance.
St Ephraim was a prolific writer of hymns and prayers in his native ancient Syriac language. For this reason, some translations of his works may differ slightly. He is most well known for his Lenten Prayer of Repentance, which is recited during Great Lent ...
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.
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