Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra

Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra

Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra or simply Clement of Ancyra (c. 258-312) (born in Ancyra present-day Turkey) was a bishop who served during the rule of Roman emperor Diocletian. He was arrested by Roman authorities and tried by Diocletian. Emperor Diocletian attempted to convert Clement to Paganism but Clement refused and withstood tremendous torture. Clement was eventually beheaded by a Roman soldier whilst he was celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the year 312. He is venerated on 23 January according to the Gregorian calendar and on 5 February according to the Julian calendar in some Eastern Orthodox countries together with his disciple Agathangelus of Rome. Clement's relics are in the saint's altar in the basilica of Our Lady of Trapani in Trapani

23 january: Hieromartyr Clement of Ancyra, Bishop of Ancyra, and Martyr Agathangelus (312); Saint Acholios (Ascholios), Bishop of Thessaloniki (383); Venerable Eusebius, recluse of Mount Coryphe near Antioch (4th century); Venerable Salamanes the Silent (Salamanes the Hesychast), of the Euphrates, monk (ca. 400); Venerable Mausimas the Syrian, priest near Cyrrhus (before 423); Saint Paulinus the Merciful, Bishop of Nola (431); The Holy Two Martyrs of Parium, near Cyzicus and Lampsacus, in Asia Minor. Saint Emerentiana, Virgin-Martyr in Rome (305); Saint Amasius of Teano, Bishop of Teano in central Italy (356); Saints Severian and Aquila, a husband and wife martyred in Julia Caesarea in Mauritania in North Africa; Saint Martyrius (Martory), a hermit in the Abruzzi in Italy (6th century); Saint Ormond (Armand), abbot of Saint Mairé in France, abbot (6th century); Saint Ildefonsus, Metropolitan Bishop of Toledo (667); Saint Colman of Lismore, Abbot of Lismore Abbey in Ireland and also a bishop (702); Saint Lufthild, a saint honoured near Cologne in Germany, where she lived as an anchoress (c. 850); Saint Maimbod (Mainboeuf), martyred by pagans while preaching to peasants near Kaltenbrunn in Alsace, now in France (c. 880); Saint Dionysius of Olympus and Mt. Athos (1541); Venerable Gennadius of Kostroma, monk (1565); Venerable Alexander, Abbot of Voche, near Galich, in Kostroma Oblast (16th century) (see also March 27); New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Bulashov), Abbot of Holy Transfiguration Guslitsky Monastery (Moscow) (1938); New Hieromartyr Anatolius (Grisjuk) of Odessa, Bishop and Martyr (1938); Virgin-martyrs Evdokia and Ekaterine (1938); Virgin-martyr Militsa (1938); Other Commemorations: Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681); Synaxis of the Saints of Kostroma; Translation of the relics (1786) of St. Theoctistus, Archbishop of Novgorod (1310); Repose of Abbot Damascene of Valaam Monastery (1881); Repose of Archimandrite John (Krestiankin) of the Pskov-Caves Monastery (2006).

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