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Clement of Rome

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Our father among the saints '''Clement of Rome''' (also called '''Clemens Romanus''' to distinguish him from [[Clement of Alexandria]]) was the third in succession after the [[Apostle Peter]] as bishop of Rome. Clement is known mainly for the letter he wrote to the Corinthians in about AD 96. He is counted among the [[Church Fathers|apostolic fathers]]. His [[feast day]] is [[November 23]] in the west, but in the east he is remembered on [[November 25]]). ==Life==Little is known of Clement’s life. What is known is from writers who wrote over a hundred years after his death, often inconsistently, and with great variety. These writers include [[Tertullian]], [[Jerome]], [[Irenaeus of Lyons|Irenaeus]], Epiphanius, and [[Eusebius of Caesarea|Eusebius]]. His birth date is not known. He may have met Ss Peter and Paul and may have been [[ordination|ordain]]ed by St Peter. There are confusing propositions that associate him with the Clement in Paul’s letters (Phil. 4:3 (KJV)) and to a consul T. Flavius Clemens associations that now are considered not probable. Clement is believed to have been named [[bishop]] of Rome in about 88 and held the position until about 98, when he died. These dates are also uncertain. Early sources noted that he died a natural death, perhaps in Greece. A tradition dated from the ninth century tells of his [[martyr]]dom in Crimea in 102 by drowning when thrown overboard from a boat with a ship’s anchor tied to him. ==Letters==The letter sent in about the year 96 to the Church of Corinth in the name of the [[Church of Rome]] has been attributed to Clement. The letter was sent in an attempt to restore peace and unity in the Corinthian church, where apparently a few violent people had revolted against the leadership of the [[church]] community. A second letter to the Corinthians had also been attributed to Clement based upon its inclusion in a Greek manuscript that included Clement’s first letter, with the title of “Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians.” But, when a missing ending to the “letter” was found, it proved to be a [[homily]] of unknown authorship.==Hymns==[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 4):O God of our Fathers,:Take not away Your mercy from us,:But ever act towards us according to Your kindness,:And by the prayers of Your saints:Guide our lives in peace! [[Kontakion]] - (Tone 4):O Clement and Peter,:You are worthy of all praise!:Holy and unassailable strongholds of the Church;:Inspired models of true faith and devotion::Guard us all through your intercessions!==External links==*[ Catholic Encyclopedia: Pope Clement I]*[ Wikipedia: Pope Clement I]*[ Hieromartyr Clement the Pope of Rome] from [[OCA]] Web site.  {{start box}} {{succession|before=St. Anacletus (Cletus)|title=[[List of the Popes of the Church of Rome|Pope of Rome]]|years=92-101|after=St. Evaristus|}}{{end box}}  [[Category: Apostolic Fathers]][[Category: Bishops]][[Category:Popes of Rome]][[Category: Saints]][[Category:Ante-Nicene Fathers]] [[el:Κλήμης Α΄ Ρώμης]]LOL INTERNET

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