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Saint Clement of Ohrid

About Saint Clement of Ohrid

Saint Clement of Ohrid, a revered figure in the Eastern Orthodox Church, was a medieval Bulgarian saint, scholar, writer, and enlightener of the Slavs. He significantly contributed to the spiritual and cultural development of the Slavic world, making him an enduring figure of veneration.

Feast Day

July 27

Birth Place

Bulgarian Empire




July 27, 916
Saint Clement of Ohrid

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Born in AD 840 in the region of Bulgaria, Clement was a disciple of the famous Saints Cyril and Methodius, the "Apostles to the Slavs." Under their tutelage, he mastered the Glagolitic alphabet, which was the earliest Slavic script.


Ecclesiastical Career

Following the death of his teachers, Clement carried on their missionary work among the Slavs. He moved to Bulgaria, where he worked under the patronage of the Bulgarian Tsar Boris I. Clement was instrumental in establishing the Ohrid Literary School, where he educated some 3,500 students, thus greatly contributing to the Slavic cultural and liturgical development.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

In recognition of his work, Clement was ordained as the Bishop of Velika (now in modern-day North Macedonia) around AD 893. He focused on serving his diocese, establishing a monastery in Ohrid that became a significant spiritual and educational center.

Saint Clement of Ohrid reposed on July 27, 916, and was canonized soon after. He was buried in his monastery in Ohrid, and his relics are considered a significant holy site today.



Saint Clement of Ohrid's lasting legacy lies in his substantial contributions to Slavic Christian literature and culture. His translation of the Bible into Old Church Slavonic and his liturgical and scholarly writings laid a solid foundation for the cultural heritage of Slavic Christianity. He is also recognized as a patron saint of Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

For those interested in learning more about Orthodox Saints and Orthodox Christianity, we invite you to peruse our collection here. Discover the legacy of a saint who played a pivotal role in the spiritual and cultural formation of the Slavic world.



Where are the relics of Saint Clement of Ohrid

The relics of Saint Clement of Ohrid are located in the Saint Clement Church (also known as the Church of St. Panteleimon) in Ohrid, North Macedonia. After his death, Saint Clement was buried in this church, which he had founded earlier. The church and its surroundings have been a significant pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians, especially from the Slavic-speaking countries. Over the centuries, the veneration of Saint Clement and his contributions to Slavic literature and the Orthodox Christian faith have made Ohrid a notable spiritual and cultural center in the region.

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