Hymn XI. Paradise can only be described in terrestrial terms, but it is essential to realize that these terms are purely metaphorical; to understand them in a literal. The most in-depth and scholarly panorama of Western spirituality ever attempted! In one series, the original writings of the universally acknowledged teachers of. Hymn 1. This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed.
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Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns by Ephrem the Syrian
Furthermore, once led astray by eating the fruit of the Tree in disobedience, man goes on to blame the fruit, rather than his greed for the consequences of his grasping. Jalen rated it liked it Aug 28, Moseswho divided and separated himself from his wife, divided the sea before the harlot.
Start with his Advent or Paradise works. That watch is but a trafficking, with scorn and mockery compact. And beware, lest you speak contentiously as you are wont. One true Sheaf gave bread; the bread of Heavenwhereof there is no stint.
Without the breath of the air no man lives, without the Might of the Son no man subsists. They sounded forth peace, the Watchers to the vigil-keepers.
He also stripped and took off from us the clothing of our filthiness. In the year which is the twenty-seventh, let the eloquent speakers praise the Sonfor they found no cloke to save syrixn cause.
His language can be strikingly explicit, using strong sexual metaphors in his arguments for chastity. Yet have I not seen from the beginning a man, of whom one part was of God, and the other half, man.
She had not the trouble nor vexation of a familyor a husband! Thus was He entirely in the womb, while He was again wholly in everything!
It is obvious that the censer of the inner sanctuary is good, but the Tree in Paradise has come to be considered as poisonous.
The light that spoke in Zachary, today shined in Bethlehem! I was jealous of Your Mother, and I thought to put her away, and I knew not that in her womb was hidden a mighty treasure, that should suddenly enrich my poor estate. Silver I despised at the hand of the rich, and their offerings corrupted me not. The sun gave longer light, and foreshadowed the mystery by the degrees which it had hymnns up. On Legion therefore He was syriann him when He seized and cast him into the sea.
Moses was a type of the dead, and Elijah a type of the living, that fly to meet Him at His coming. In December when the nights are long, rose unto us the Day, of Whom there is no bound!
The day of Herod was like him: This is the Dead whose death lo! Caleb the spy bore the cluster on the staff, and came and longed to see the Cluster, Whose wine should comfort the world.
St. Ephrem – A Theologian of Hymns
How would Your servant be condemned in capital and interestdid he not give such as he could, and did he refuse that which He owed! By fire He gave me the Sodomites, and by flood the Giants.
Whoso hears will wonder at my humiliation, that by a dead man who is without, I am overcome. Rachel cried to her husband, and said, Give humns sons. Yea Noah also longed to see Him, the taste of whose assisting graces he had tasted. But again to tread on Him and crush Him, is a terror to me, lest haply He turn and become new wine unto sinners, and when they are drunken therewith, lo! Virgin womb and sealed sepulchre, like trumpets, proclaimed Him in the ears of a deaf people.
Heal us, O my Master; every time that we see Your Feast, may it cause rumours that we have heard to pass away. When the Saviour arose as the blind, the Sun showed forth his beams — and they were clothed in darkness: And who is able, Lord, to tell me up the several succours that are hid in You? Or else, tge it reserved for us hereafter?
CHURCH FATHERS: Hymns on the Nativity (Ephraim)
How shall I open the fountain of milk to You, O Fountain? Yea, it also brought a sheaf unto us; and it came, that from it might flow plenty upon our hunger. Blessed the Shepherd Who became a Lamb for our reconcilement! Let the fourth day praise, first among the four — His Birth Who created as the fourth day — the two lightgivers — which fools worship, and are sightless and blind.
The Archangel gave you syriian — as the earnest of holiness — Earth became to him new Heavens — when the Watcher came down and sang glory on it. The Morning Star cast its bright beams among the darknesses, and led them as blind men, and they came and received a great light: Oct 09, Benjamin rated it it was amazing. Himself of His own will He embodied for them that took Him.
He that had anxiety; thhe You forgat his anxiety; the hungry by You forgat his victuals; and he that had an errand, by You was errant and forgot his journey! He embodies a beautiful balance between liturgical practicality and freewheeling theological exploration. In the corners they are heaped for me in hell. The bosom of Mary amazes me, that it sufficed syrizn You, Lord, and embraced You. For Him Elijah longed, and when Him on earth he saw not, he, through faith most throughly cleansed, mounted up in heaven to see Him.
His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world, and many denominations venerate him as a saint. Hymmns to the Power Who did straiten His greatness by a form, His unseen nature by a shape!
Praise we Him, Who held His peace and justified us!