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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter II

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Chapter II.—Ordination of Clement.

But about that time, when he was about to die, the brethren being assembled together, he suddenly seized my hand, and rose up, and said in presence of the church:  “Hear me, brethren and fellow-servants.  Since, as I have been taught by the Lord and Teacher Jesus Christ, whose apostle I am, the day of my death is approaching, I lay hands upon this Clement as your bishop; and to him I entrust my chair of discourse, even to him who has journeyed with me from the beginning to the end, and thus has heard all my homilies—who, in a word, having had a share in all my trials, has been found stedfast in the faith; whom I have found, above all others, pious, philanthropic, pure, learned, chaste, good, upright, large-hearted, and striving generously to bear the ingratitude of some of the catechumens.  Wherefore I communicate to him the power of binding and loosing, so that with respect to everything which he shall ordain in the earth, it shall be decreed in the heavens.  For he shall bind what ought to be bound, and loose what ought to be loosed, as knowing the role of the Church.  Therefore hear him, as knowing that he who grieves the president of the truth, sins against Christ, and offends the Father of all.  Wherefore he shall not live; and therefore it becomes him who presides to hold the place of a physician, and not to cherish the rage of an irrational beast.”

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