Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mark the Evangelist

 St Mark The Apostle

Quick Facts  

He was born in the Pentapolis or Qairawan (Now Tunisia or Libya according to other sources) approximately 15 years after our Lord was born. 

He witnessed the preaching of our Lord in Palestine as well as his passion. 

He is the author of the earliest Gospel to be written (it was written in Greek). 

He was the founder of Christianity in Egypt or in Alexandria at least. He came to Alexandria approximately 48 AD.  According to some sources, St. Peter preached in Babylon about the same time St. Mark was in Alexandria, however he focussed on the Jews of Babylon (A city near Memphis, Cairo now). 

St.Mark was arrested during a festival of Serapis (the Serapion-Abbis Greek Egyptian god) in AD 68 and martyred by being tied to a hose's tail, and dragged through the streets of Alexandria's district of Bokalia for two days until his body was torn to pieces. He was buried under the church he had founded.The Church celebrates his martyrdom on the 8th of May each year.His head is in a church named after him in Alexandria, and parts of his relics are in St. Mark's Cairo's Cathedral. The rest of his relics are in the San Marco Cathedral in Venice, Italy. 

Of his titles are: The Apostle, the Evangelist, the Witness and the Martyr.

Ⲙⲁⲣⲕⲟⲥ ⲡⲓⲁ̀ⲡⲟⲥⲧⲟⲗⲟⲥ - Ⲙⲁⲣⲕⲟⲥ ⲡⲓⲉⲩⲁⲅⲅⲉⲗⲓⲥⲧⲏⲥ - Ⲙⲁⲣⲕⲟⲥ ⲡⲓⲑⲉⲱ̀ⲣⲓⲙⲟⲥ - Ⲙⲁⲣⲕⲟⲥ ⲡⲓⲙⲁⲣⲧⲩⲣⲟⲥ

ST. Mark's Preaching

Preached in Cyprus with Paul and Barnabas:
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark. Acts 12:25 NKJV

Preached in Colossians: 

Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him). Colossians 4: 10 NKJV

Preached with Paul in Romans:
As do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers. Philemon 1: 24 NKJV

Preach with Timothy in Ephesians:
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. 2 Timothy 4: 11 NKJV

Preached In Egypt:
St Mark the Evangelist (Auther of the second Gospel) has been connected with the city of Alexandria since earliest Christian tradition,  after the ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time, Mark converted many to Christianity and performed many miracles. He is considered the founder of the Church in Alexandria and the first Bishop of Alexandria. Wrote the Book of Mark, and the Cyril Mass

30 Baramoda (Parmouti) Ⲡⲁⲣⲙⲟⲩⲧⲉ - Coptic Calendar - Martyr Calendar - Coptic Synaxarium 
30 Miyazia (Miyaza) ሚያዝያ - Geez (Ge'ez) Calendar – Ethiopian Calendar - Ethiopian Synaxarium

Read more: The Martyrdom of Saint Mark The Evangelist


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