Saint Mark (the Evangelist)
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.
AKA: John Mark
Born: 1st Century A.D. in Cyrene, Pentapolis of North Africa (according to tradition)
Died: April 25, 68 A.D. in Alexandria, Egypt
Relics at Venice, Italy
Venerated: All Christian Churches
Feast Day: April 25 for Catholics
May 8 for Coptic Orthodox
Patronage: Against Impenitence
Against Insect Bites
Against Scrofulous Diseases
Stained Glass Workers
Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, Italy
Diocese of Arica, Chile
Prelature of Infanta, Philippines
Diocese of Venice, Florida
Lion in the Desert
Bishop on a Throne Decorated with Lions
Man helping Venetian Sailors
Man Holding a Book with pax tibi Marce written on it
Man Holding a Palm and Book
Man with a Book or Scroll accompanied by a Winged Lion
Man with a Halter Around his neck
Man writing or holding his Gospel
Rescuing Christian Slaves from Saracens
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.
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