St. Clement is the first Apostolic Father of the church and was the fourth pope of the Roman Catholic church. Some writings say that he was ordained by St. Peter. His work in the early church is one of the foundations upon which the church was built. His devotion to his faith is well-documented, but it is his death that frequently appears in texts about his life.
In 100 AD, during the reign of Emperor Trajan, St. Clement was martyred when persecutors tied an anchor around his neck and tossed him into the ocean. His death is usually symbolized on medals that are created to commemorate his life. A ship and anchor are frequently depicted alongside his likeness. He is known as the Patron Saint of Marble-Workers.
St. Clement gave the ultimate sacrifice for his life. His willingness to give his life for his faith remains with us today, as we all struggle to sacrifice our lives so that we may protect his souls and show our love for God.