Wednesday, November 28, 2007

General Audience: St. Ephrem of Syria


Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 28, 2007. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli (VATICAN)


Pupils from an Italian school attend Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 28, 2007. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli (VATICAN)


Mexican faithful attend Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 28, 2007. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli (VATICAN)

~from Asia News (I'll post the full text of catechesis after the translation is released.)

[T]oday the Pope traced the figure of Ephrem the Syrian, a IV century theologian. The Pope underlined that his catechesis followed on from last week’s dedicated to Aphraates “the wise”, a Syrian “master” also from the VI century.

Ephrem, defined as “the most important representative if Christianity in the Syrian tongue” of that “cultural diversity”. Thus in this Syrian master “poetry and theology meet, reflections on the faith that become liturgy and music”. Ephrem’s theology is “mostly presented in poetical form, which allows him to use paradoxes and imagery” and at the same time his theology becomes liturgy and music so much so “that he was honoured in tradition with the name zither of the Holy Spirit”. Concluding Benedict XVI recalled that he was the author of prayers in which “the liturgical character exalts Divine Truth in all of its beauty”.

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