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]]).
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==Life==
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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.
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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.
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==Letters==
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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.
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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.
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 4)
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:O God of our Fathers,
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:Take not away Your mercy from us,
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:But ever act towards us according to Your kindness,
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:And by the prayers of Your saints
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:Guide our lives in peace!
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[[Kontakion]] - (Tone 4)
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:O Clement and Peter,
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:You are worthy of all praise!
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:Holy and unassailable strongholds of the Church;
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:Inspired models of true faith and devotion:
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:Guard us all through your intercessions!
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==External links==
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*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04012c.htm  Catholic Encyclopedia: Pope Clement I]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Clement_I  Wikipedia: Pope Clement I]
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=103393 Hieromartyr Clement the Pope of Rome] from [[OCA]] Web site.
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{{start box}}
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{{succession|
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before=St. Anacletus (Cletus)|
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title=[[List of the Popes of the Church of Rome|Pope of Rome]]|
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years=92-101|
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after=St. Evaristus|}}
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{{end box}}
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[[Category: Apostolic Fathers]]
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[[Category: Bishops]]
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[[Category:Popes of Rome]]
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[[Category: Saints]]
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[[Category:Ante-Nicene Fathers]]
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[[el:Κλήμης Α΄ Ρώμης]]
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