Ordinary Time: June 9th
Born c. 306 at Nisibis, Mesopotamia (in modern Syria). May have been
the son of a pagan priest. Brought to the faith by Saint James of
Nisibis, and baptized at age 18. Helped to evangelize Nisibis,
Mesopotamia. May have attended the Council of Nicaea in 325. Deacon.
Preacher. Had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In 363 Nisibis was ceded to Persia; a great persecution of
Christians began, and Eprem led an exodus of the faithful to Edessa.
Founded a theological school in Edessa. Wrote homilies, hymns and
poetry. Helped introduce the use of hymns in public worship. Fought
Gnosticism and Arianism by his writings, including poems and hymns.
Died in 373 at Edessa (in modern Iraq) of natural causes. His tomb
is in Armenian monastery, Der Serkis, west of Edessa.