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Saints

Commemorated on January 23rd

Clement, Bishop of Ancyra.

Saints 23rd Jan

St Clement, who was from Ancyra in Galatia, was the son of an unbelieving father, but a believing mother whose name was Sophia. At first he lived as a monk; later, he became the Bishop of his city. He suffered so many things in confession of the Faith of Christ, which the time of his suffering and struggles stretched out over a period of 28 years. Finally he and St Agathangelos (who was from Rome) were beheaded together during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian, in the year 296 AD.

Dismissal Hymn of St Clement

You blossomed forth for the faithful, O most sacred Clement, as a branch of holiness, a staff of contest, a most sacred flower, and a sweet God-given fruit. However, as a fellow-sufferer of martyrs and a fellow-prelate of hierarchs, intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of St Clement

On this day You have appeared

An honoured branch of Christ, Who is the True Vine, all-famed Clement, you won your many contests for the Faith, crying with them that had shared your pains: Christ is the Martyrs' exceedingly radiant joy.