This name derives from the Hebrew “'ephrayim”, meaning “double ash-heap, I shall be doubly fruitful”. Saint Ephrem was a 4th-century missionary bishop who evangelized in the Crimea and southern Rus'. He was martyred and is commemorated on 4 March. Ephrem the Syrian was a Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century from the region of Syria. His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world, and many denominations venerate him as a saint. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church in Roman Catholicism. He is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church.
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