Commemorated on November 25
The Hieromartyr Clement, Pope of Rome, was born at Rome into a rich
and illustrious family. Separated from his parents from childhood by
force of circumstances, Clement was raised by strangers. Living in Rome,
the youth received a fine education, he was surrounded by luxury, and
had access to the imperial court. But these comforts brought him no joy,
and pagan wisdom failed to attract him. He began to ponder the meaning
When the news of Christ and His teaching began to reach
the capital, St Clement left his home and estate and went to the lands
where the Apostles were preaching. At Alexandria St Clement met the holy
Apostle Barnabas, listening to his words with deep attention, and
perceiving the power and truth of the Word of God. Arriving in
Palestine, St Clement was baptized by the holy Apostle Peter and became
his zealous disciple and constant companion, sharing his toil and
sufferings with him. Shortly before his own sufferings and death, St
Peter consecrated St Clement as Bishop of Rome. After the death of the
Apostle Peter, St Linus (67-79) was the next Bishop of Rome, succeeded
by St Anacletus (79-91), and then St Clement (92-101).
virtuous life, charitable works and prayerful activity of St Clement
converted many to Christ. He once baptized 424 people on the day of
Pascha. Among the baptized were people of all social classes: slaves,
officials, and even members of the imperial family.
seeing the success of his apostolic preaching, denounced St Clement to
the emperor Trajan (98-117), accusing the saint of insulting the pagan
gods. The emperor banished St Clement from the capital, sending him to
the Crimea, to work at a stone quarry near the city of Cherson. Many of
the saint’s disciples followed after him voluntarily, preferring to go
into exile rather than live without their spiritual Father.
he arrived at the place of exile, St Clement found many Christian
believers there, sentenced to labor under harsh conditions amidst a
scarcity of water. He prayed together with the condemned, and the Lord
appeared to him in the form of a lamb and revealed the location of a
spring, from which gushed forth a veritable river of water. This miracle
attracted a multitude of people to St Clement. Hearing the zealous
preacher, hundreds of pagans were converted to Christ. Each day 500 or
more men were baptized. And there in the stone quarry, a church was
built, in which he served as priest.
The apostolic activity of
the saint aroused the wrath of the emperor Trajan, and he ordered that
St Clement be drowned. They threw the martyr into the sea with an anchor
tied to his neck. This occurred in the year 101.
faithful disciples Cornelius and Fibius asked the people to pray that
the Lord would permit them to see the martyr’s body. The sea drew back a
distance of three miles from the shore and the people walked out on the
seabed until they found a marble cave shaped like a church. There they
found the incorrupt body of their archpastor in this “Angelic Church”
formed by God. After this, each year on the anniversary of St Clement’s
martyric death the sea receded, and for seven days Christians were able
to venerate his holy relics.
During the reign of the Byzantine
Emperor Nicephorus (802-811), by divine providence, the sea failed to
withdraw, and the relics of St Clement became inaccessible for fifty
years. In the time of the emperor Michael and his mother Theodora
(855-867), Sts Cyril and Methodius visited Cherson. When they learned of
the concealed relics of St Clement, they asked Bishop George of Cherson
to pray that the Lord would show them the relics of the hieromartyr.
Cyril and Methodius walked along the shore in procession with the
clergy who came with them from Constantinople. Through the fervent
prayers of everyone gathered there, the holy relics of St Clement
miraculously appeared on the surface of the sea at midnight. They
solemnly took them to the Church of the Holy Apostles at Constantinople.
A portion of the relics were then brought to Rome by Sts Cyril and
Methodius, but a large portion of the relics was later brought to Kiev
by the holy Prince Vladimir (July 15) and placed in the Desyatin-Tithe
church, together with the relics of St Fibius, where a chapel dedicated
to St Clement had been built. The hieromartyr Clement is widely
venerated in Russia. From ancient times, many churches have been
dedicated to him.
St Clement, who belongs to the Apostolic
Fathers, has left to us a spiritual legacy (two Epistles to the
Corinthians) the first written examples of Christian teaching after the
writings of the holy Apostles.
TROPARION - TONE 4
O God of our Fathers, / always act with kindness towards us; / take not
Your mercy from us, / but guide our lives in peace / through the prayers
of the hierarchs Clement and Peter.
KONTAKION - TONE 4
Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...” / Unshakeable and godlike
towers of the Church, / truly inspired and mighty pillars of the Faith, /
all-praised Clement and Peter, protect us all by your prayers.
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