Saint Clement of Metz

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Clement of Metz fighting the Graoully; 14th century by Hermann de Munster; cathedral of Metz, France; photographed on 2 October 2010 by H Zell; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


Bishop of Metz, France; tradition says he was sent there as a missionary by Saint Peter the Apostle.

Legend says that when Clement arrived in Metz, the area was besieged by the Graoully, a large, poison-breathed serpent that lived in a local Roman amphitheatre with an army of snakes. Clement chased away the snakes and banished the Graoully by making the Sign of the Cross at them. This led to the conversion of the whole town.



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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Clement of Metz“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2015. Web. 8 May 2021. <>