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Saint Mark, Guido Reni, 1621, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

(1st c.)

St. Mark the Evangelist was born to Jewish parents living in Libya in North Africa, later settling in Cana of Galilee not far from Jerusalem.  Mark became one of the 70 disciples of Jesus and the author of the Gospel that bears his name.  According to tradition, St. Peter the Apostle was married to a relative of St. Mark’s father, and after Mark’s father died, Peter looked after him like his own son.

Being a close disciple of St. Peter, the first Bishop of Rome, Mark’s Gospel is addressed to Gentile converts to the Christian faith living in Rome.  Most of what we know about his life and missionary activity is recorded in the New Testament.  He traveled to Egypt and founded the Church there, and was martyred c. 68 A.D. by being dragged through the streets of Alexandria until his body was torn to pieces.  St. Mark is the patron of lawyers and prisoners.  

His feast day is April 25.

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Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Gospel of Mark 16:15-16
Saint Mark the Evangelist, oil on canvas, ca. 1875, Francesco Sans Cabot, Museo del Prado, Madrid

O God, who raised up St. Mark the Evangelist and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel, grant, we pray, that we may so profit from his teaching as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ.”

The Roman Missal
Saint Mark the Evangelist Painting by Valentin de Boulogne

Saint mark, apostle, martyr, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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