Today's Saint (November 23): Clement of Rome

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Clement of Rome

Saint Clement was the Bishop of Rome in the late 90's A.D. He was preceded by Cletus, Linus and Peter in apostolic succession.

Clement is best known for his epistle to the Corinthians, written around 96 A.D. In it, is revealed that early on, bishops, such as himself, exercised authority over their flocks. His work also bears testimony of the martyrdoms of the apostles Peter and Paul. Clement was martyred under Trajan around 100 A.D.

The accompanying picture is by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770). An oil on canvas, it now resides in the National Gallery in London, and portrays the turbulent and blessed time and life of Saint Clerment.

"Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods." (St. Matt. 24:46-47). (The day's communion, page E 139, The People's Anglican Missal)

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Fox's Book of Martyrs
Reason Is Beguiled: On the Mystery of Martyrdom & of Total Self Gift
By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
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The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon