Saint Clement

Saint Clement

November 23rd — Feast Day

Liturgical Color: Red

Patron Saint of sailors and marble workers

Saint Clement is the patron saint of marble workers and sailors. A pope and martyr, his feast day is November 23. In the first century, he served as the Bishop of Rome. While there isn’t a lot information available about his life, we know Saint Clement as the first Apostolic Father consecrated by Saint Peter.

He wrote a letter addressing authority disputes to the Church of Corinth in 96 A.D, which is now regarded as one of the most important and ancient Christian documents aside from the New Testament. Its significance was evident from the fact that the letter would be read at Mass in Corinth; Christians in the third and fourth centuries even treated the letter as scripture.

Saint Clement was banished by Emperor Trajan to a Greek colony. There, he found that prisoners were dying because of dehydration. After striking the ground with an ax, he witnessed a miracle: the spot he struck produced an abundant stream of water. The prisoners converted to Christianity upon seeing this miracle.

Prayer to Saint Clement

We ask you, Master, be our helper and defender. Rescue those of our number in distress, raise up the fallen, assist the needy, heal the sick, turn back those of your people who stray, feed the hungry, release our captives; revive the weak, encourage those who lose heart. Let all the nations realize that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your Child, and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture. By St. Clement of Rome, disciple of Paul and Bishop of Rome in the first century.

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 Saint Clement of Rome, pray for us. 

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