Feast day: July 27
When did St. Clement of Ohrid live: 840 - 916
It is believed that Clement was born in the Bulgarian Empire and was a scholar and disciple of Saint Cyril and Methodius. After his teachers' death, Clement founded the Slavic literature and culture in Macedonia. He was the first writer of the Slavic language and developed specifically for this purpose the Cyrillic script. He translated numerous works, wrote a biography of his teachers and founded the first Slavic University near Ohrid, where he himself taught. After arguments with Prince Boris -Michael on the issue of development of the Cyrillic alphabet arose, Clement was sent as bishop to the remote Belitsa, and then probably brought back to Ohrid in 886 as its bishop.
Patronage: St. Clement of Ohrid is patron saint of Ohrid, the Bulgarian Empire (nowadays the Republic of Macedonia)
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Clement of Ohrid - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Clement of Ohrid is shown as a bishop with miter, crosier, book and cross around his neck