Saint Days: Clement of Rome, Bishop and Martyr
St. Clement (c. 35-99) was the second or third bishop of Rome. He is possibly mentioned as a co-laborer by Paul in Philippians 4:3. He is also mentioned in the second century document The Shepherd of Hermas. He wrote an epistle to the Corinthians which is the only primary source we have by him.
The story of his martyrdom is that he was taken prisoner under emperor Trajan. He was sent to work at a stone quarry where he discovered the workers did not have clean water. As he was working, he had a vision of a lamb on top of a rock formation. He walked over to where he had seen the lamb and found a pickaxe which he used to strike the rock and out burst clean water. This miracle caused many of them locals to convert but also angered the officials. They killed him by throwing him off a ship in the Black Sea tied to an anchor.
Clement reminds us of the importance of Scripture:
“Ye have searched the scriptures, which are true, which were given through the Holy Ghost; and ye know that nothing unrighteous or counterfeit is written in them”
Let us remember St. Clement in our prayers:
Almighty God, who gave to your servant Clement boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.