St. Mark the Evangelist

St. Mark the Evangelist is the author of the Gospel of Mark. St. Mark founded the episcopal see of Alexandria, which was one of the five most important sees of early Christianity. According to the historian Hippolytus, St. Mark belonged to the “Seventy Disciples” who were sent out by Jesus to disseminate the gospel (Luke 10:1ff.) in Judea. St. Peter encountered Mark on his travels through Asia Minor, and took him as travel companion and interpreter. Mark the Evangelist wrote down the sermons of Peter, thus composing the Gospel according to Mark (Eccl. Hist. 15–16), before he left for Alexandria in the third year of Claudius (AD 43). His feast day is celebrated on April 25, and his symbol is the winged lion.


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