Efrem became a powerful cleric, reciting the holy scriptures to heal the wounded. As news of his miraculous works spread, more sick and injured people sought his help. He did not prioritize patients by their influence and gave attention to all equally. And of course, the periwinkles were always present. Even if he had been able to mend without their powers, he nevertheless found it difficult to part with them.
Ephrem is a masculine given name, a variant spelling of the biblical Ephraim (also spelled Efrem, Ephraem).