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A Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God

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Ephraim the Syrian was one of the early church’s greatest hymnists, and a tremendously influential Church Father. In A Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God, the grace and passion that resided in his heart overflow into praises that move the heart in the manner of David’s Psalms. Filled with instruction and inspiration, these reflections present Ephraim the Syrian’s beautiful prayers and moral teachings that have been popular since the fourth century. This volume contains 150 works divided into 20 sections, with prayers, explanations on dogma, and a concluding “life lesson” or moral teaching.

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Key Features

  • Select celebrated prayers of Ephraim the Syrian
  • Accompanying explanations of dogma and moral teaching
  • Insights into fourth-century spiritual writings

Top Highlights

“Therefore do I pray Thee that Thy right hand which pulled Simon out of the sea might also pull me out of the waves and the tumult of this world that rise up against me. I have become mired in filth; the waters of the world are drowning me, they do not let me break loose to catch my breath.” (Page 129)

“Accept our prayer, O our Lord, and grant us Thyself. May we live in Thee, may we possess Thee instead of all else, for then all is ours.” (Page 18)

“We must seek Thee above all else, and not seek anything else but Thee, for he who seeks Thee finds all in Thee.” (Page 18)

“The world is much stormier than the surging waves, and sin agitates it more than wind does the sea. There are times when the waters of the sea are calm, when the winds are concealed in their hiding places; but in the world waves of desire are ceaselessly whipped up, and the wind of deceit blows against the doors of the world’s vessels.” (Pages 130–131)

“I confess One and the Same as both perfect God and perfect Man, in two natures, united in one hypostasis or person, recognized as indivisibly, unconfused and unchangeably God Who was clothed in flesh, animated by an intelligent and rational soul, and came to resemble us in every way except sin.” (Page 57)

Product Details

  • Title: A Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God
  • Author: Ephraim the Syrian
  • Editor: Bishop Theophan the Recluse
  • Publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 257

About Ephraim the Syrian

Ephraim the Syrian (AD 306–373) was a fourth-century deacon, hymnographer, and theologian. He was known for writing lyrical teaching hymns, as well as poetry and biblical exegesis. His writings have remained popular to this day. He is venerated as a saint by many denominations, and is a Doctor in the Roman Catholic Church. He is credited with having written over three million lines, among the most influential of which are Hymns against Heresies and Commentary on Genesis and Exodus.


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    ordered. i love how he inclines the soul to God. I wish the Logos edition retained the art in the example above. please add in an update, Logos. it adds to the experience.


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