Saint Clement of Okhrida
Jul 06, 2015 / Written by: America Needs Fatima
Feast July 17
Patron Saint of Education and Language
Clement of Okhrida was a convert of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the apostles of Moravia and Pannonia.
At the invitation of the Bulgarian ruler, Boris, who had accepted Christianity in 865, Clement and his other companions including St. Nahum, St. Sabas and St. Angelarius, helped evangelize Bulgaria. Sts. Cyril and Methodius are also counted as two of the seven apostles of Bulgaria because though their official jurisdiction was over Moravia and Pannonia, they also kept an eye on the Bulgars, most of whom were heathens until formal evangelization began with the acceptance of Christianity by Boris.
Clement seems to have been the first man of the Slavic race to receive the episcopate. He became Bishop of Velitsa, close to Okhrida where he established a monastery. He was regarded as the founder of that see which became very important in subsequent history.
St. Clement is venerated in Bulgaria as well as Russia as a wonder-worker.