While holy Clement was praying, there appeared to him the Lamb of God, with the river of water of life, whose streams make glad the city of God, proceeding from under his feet.
ST CLEMENT, POPE AND MARTYR – FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 23 (DIED A.D.100)
Clement, a Roman, was a disciple of blessed Simon Peter. He allotted the seven districts of the City to seven notaries, one to each, assigning them the task of diligently investigating and recording the sufferings and deeds of the Martyrs.
He very carefully wrote many books himself, in the spirit of holy zeal and in order to explain the Christian religion. But when, by his teaching and holiness, he converted great numbers to the faith of Christ, the Emperor Trajan exiled him across the Black Sea to the solitude of the city of Cherson, in which he found two thousand Christians who had likewise been condemned by Trajan.
When he there converted many infidels to the faith of Christ, by order of the same emperor an anchor was tied about his neck and he was cast into the sea, and thus he was crowned with martyrdom. His body was brought back to Rome by Pope Nicholas I and was buried in honour in a church which had previously been dedicated in his name.
St Clement I, pray for us.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964