Holy spirit

Why is Saint-Ephrem called the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”?

Saint Ephrem, the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”, wrote a number of hymns which are used by many Eastern Christians.

Saint Ephrem, an influential 4th century saint, is known as the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”.

Why is that?

Saint Ephrem is called the “Harp of the Holy Spirit” mainly because of the number of hymns and poems he wrote.

Even his homilies were written in verse, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Most of Ephrem’s sermons and exhortations are in verse, although a few prose sermons have survived. If we put aside his exegetical writings, the rest of his works can be divided into homilies and hymns. Homilies are written in seven-syllable verse, often divided into two parts of three and four syllables respectively. He celebrates there the feast of Our Lord and of the saints; sometimes he presents a scriptural account or takes up a spiritual or edifying theme.

Therefore, “[i]In the East, Lessons for Church Services were often taken from Ephrem’s homilies.

Even today, the hymns and homilies of Saint Ephrem are widely used in various Eastern Christian liturgies.

Saint Ephrem was clearly inspired by the Holy Spirit and let that inspiration shape everything he wrote.