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St Mark, the Evangelist

The second Gospel was written by St. 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.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he served in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. St. Mark is the founder of the Church in Alexandria.

St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. The second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. He is the patron saint of notaries.

Confessing His Resurrection in Our Lives

By Bishop Youssef

My Beloved Children,

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen! I wish you all a very joyous Feast of the Glorious Resurrection, always abounding in God's love with constant jubilant hearts distinguishing you as children of our risen Savior.

By Christ's holy resurrection, we were given a renewed infinite chapter in life. Before His resurrection, we were marred by the plagues of sin, but in His resurrection, we live by love, grow in virtue, serve with grace, and rise above sin through hope. Christ's resurrection is the epitome of joy yielding to an unshakable state of contentment, "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content" (Philippians 4:11). By emulating Christ, we confess His holy resurrection in our lives. As Christians, we proclaim Christ's death, for which He was delivered for our transgressions and we confess His resurrection, for which He was raised for our justification (cf. Rom. 4:25).Read more...