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Saint Mark the Apostle was the Founder of the Coptic Church

The Coptic Church or the Church of Alexandria is called "Sees of Saint Mark;" one of the earliest four sees: Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome.

Born: 1st Century A.D. in Cyrene, Pentapolis of North Africa (according to tradition)
Died: April 25, 68 A.D. in Cyrene, Libya, Pentapolis (North Africa) now Shahhat, Jabal al Akhdar, Libya

Venerated: All Christian Churches

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: April 25 for Catholics; May 8 for Coptic Orthodox

Patronage: Barristers
PLACES: Venice, Italy; Egypt; Mainar, Spain

The second Gospel was written by Saint Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark.  Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

Saint Mark was associated with Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus.  Later he accompanied Saint Barnabas alone.  We know also that he was in Rom with Saint Peter and with Saint Paul.  Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.

Saint Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome, sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity.  Tradition tells us that Saint Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of Saint Peter.  This seems to be confirmed by the position which Saint Peter has in his Gospel.  In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles.

PRAYER: God our Father, You helped Saint Mark the Evangelist with Your grace so that he could preach the Good News of Christ.  Help us to know You well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ.  Amen.