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Below is a sample day's content from Saints on Earth for Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c. 100, a Lesser Festival kept on 23rd November
Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
According to the oldest list of Roman bishops, Clement was the third Bishop of Rome. He is believed to have been bishop from AD 92 to100.
Legend records that the Apostle Peter himself consecrated Clement, and that Clement relinquished the position to Linus, only to take it up again after Linus’ death. Early Church historians point out that Clement knew both Peter and Paul.There is little evidence to suggest that Clement was martyred, his ‘life’ being written in the fourth century and legendary in character.
The Letter of Clement to Corinth, composed just before the persecution of Domitian, was still read frequently in the city at the end of the second century.The letter shows the position of Rome as Church of honour and authority in relation to other, younger Churches.The Letter, which can be ascribed to Clement with certainty, shows him to be a man concerned with unity and peace, one who sought to restore order to the factious Corinthian Church, and who emphasized the emerging role of bishops and priests at the Eucharist. Clement emphasizes apostolic succession, the responsibility of all to preach the gospel, and stresses the duty of the Church to pray for those in power.
'Let him who has love in Christ keep the commandments of Christ.Who can describe the bond of the love of God? What man is able to tell the excellence of its beauty, as it ought to be told? The height to which love exalts is unspeakable.
'Love unites us to God. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love bears all things, is long-suffering in all things.There is nothing base, nothing arrogant in love.
'Love admits of no schisms: love gives rise to no subversion: love does all things in harmony. By love have all the elect of God been made perfect; without love nothing is well-pleasing to God.
'In love has the Lord taken us to Himself. On account of the Love he bore us, Jesus Christ our Lord gave His blood for us by the will of God;
His flesh for our flesh, and His soul for our souls.'