Feast Day: May 5th
& January 3rd – Finding of his Holy Relics
The Life of Saint Ephraim: Being enflamed with love for God, Saint Ephraim eagerly placed himself under the Monastic discipline…
Apolytikion: On Amomon Mountain, you shown forth like the sun, and O God-bearer, you left for God by Martyrdom, you endured barbarians’ attacks, Ephraim O Great-Martyr of Christ, because of this you ever pour forth grace, to those who piously cry out to you, Glory to Him who gave you strength, Glory to Him you made you wondrous, Glory to Him who grants through you, healings for all!
Kathisma: O Wonderworker Ephraim, you were truly shown to be a newly-shining star of the Church of Christ, and the rays of your wonders shine upon the ends of the Earth. Therefore today, we celebrate the Holy Feast of your Martyrdom, as we magnify Christ.
Hymn: You proceeded steadily on the path of the virtues, and put to death the carnal mindset through the pains of self-control, O All-Blessed Ephraim, making your Soul and most-pure body to be a dwelling-place of the All-Holy Trinity, as full of Divine Light, and through the prince of darkness, the barbarians schemed to sway you, but you swatted them away steadfastly, having been strengthened by Christ, and as hold in the furnace, you were tried by many forms of tortures, and were put to death on a tree of life, having been made worthy of Martyrical Glory, and you entreat that we all be granted peace, and Divine Mercy.
Prayer to Saint Ephraim for Deliverance from Addictions: O Holy Martyr Ephraim, look with compassion upon my distress and, as thou didst deliver the young man from his cruel addiction, so also pray for me that our Lord and Saviour, for Whom thou didst witness unto death, may deliver my Soul from captivity to Satan. For I am in cruel bondage and suffering because of my weakness and sinfulness. Beseech Our Merciful Lord that, as He didst lead the Hebrews forth from slavery in Egypt and called His people out of Babylon, as He delivered the youth from the demon, and freed the daughter of the Canaanite woman, and healed the woman taken in adultery and restored the Samaritan woman, that He may also set me free and deliver me from the demon of addiction. I confess that I have fallen into this evil through my own slothfulness and weakness, but have mercy and pray for me, O Saint and Martyr of God.
A Prayer to be said continually by one who is struggling with addiction to drugs, alcohol or any other passion: O Lord, Jesus Christ, through the prayers of Thy Holy Martyr Ephraim, have mercy on me and deliver me from this cruel bondage.
Saint Ephraim and Saint Irene