St. Mary's Anglican Catholic Church

Diocese of the Midwest


Clemens Romanus was one of the “Apostolic Fathers,” a group of early Christian writers who were active in the latter half of the 1st century through the first half of the 2nd century. They all had personal contact, or at least connections, with one or more of the original Apostles of Jesus Christ. He traditionally is thought to be the Clement who was a fellow-laborer in the Gospel with St Paul mentioned in Philippians 4:3. According to the 2nd-centruy writer Tertullian, Clement was consecrated as a bishop by the Apostle Peter himself as his apostolic successor, though most lists of bishops of Rome number him as Rome’s fourth bishop after Linus & Anacletus, serving from 92AD to 99AD. Clements’s letter to the church in Corinth seeking to mediate a dispute there is one of the earliest extant Christian writings outside the
New Testament. Other literature has been falsely attributed to Clement in order to lend authority. His letter bears witness to the faith & order of the Church under the Apostles and their immediate successors. According to tradition, Clement was martyred under the Emperor Trajan in 100AD, when he was tied to an anchor and cast into the Black Sea. The anchor is a symbol of hope, the hope we have in Christ. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?(Romans 8:24-25)