Pope Clement I

posted 22 Nov 2013, 05:19 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
Clement was the third successor of Saint Peter, Although such hierarchies were not yet established. He wrote a letter to the Church in Corinth intervening in an incident where the congregation had colluded and fired its leaders. In the letter, Clement emphasises the need for Christian unity and love. It can be seen as a call for church leaders not to be removed from position without reasonable grounds.
Tradition suggests that he was martyred by being thrown into the sea with an anchor tied around his neck.

Creator and Father of eternity,
whose martyr Clement bore witness with his blood
to the love he proclaimed and the gospel that he preached:
give us thankful hearts as we celebrate your faithfulness,
revealed to us in the lives of your saints,
and strengthen us in our pilgrimage as we follow your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.