St Ephraem the Syrian, who lived in the fourth century, was a prolific hymn writer, poet and theologian. May of his works have come down to us and indeed much is now available in English translation. He wrote: ‘Glory be to Him, Who never felt the need of our praising Him; yet felt the need as being kind to us, and thirsted as loving us, and asks us to give to Him, and longs to give to us.’

May St Ephraem pray for us, that we may indeed know the kindness and mercy of God, and may God bless us all this day.