May 8 - The Holy Apostle Mark

Returning to his native Alexandria, St. Mark opposed the pagans, while strengthening the Christians in faith. His actions brought down the pagans' burning hatred upon the holy apostle . . .

The Holy Apostle Mark

Today the Orthodox Church honors the memory of Mark, one of the Seventy Apostles, and one of the Four Evangelists. A disciple of the Apostle Peter, Mark was the first bishop of Alexandria, where he laid the foundation for a Christian school.

Mark went through many lands preaching the gospel, completing his apostolic path in Rome, where, according to Tradition, he wrote his gospel for the pagans who believed in Christ.

Returning to his native Alexandria, St. Mark opposed the pagans, while strengthening the Christians in faith. His actions brought down the pagans' burning hatred upon the holy apostle. They attacked him in the middle of a divine service. They beat him, and after dragging him through the city streets, they threw him into prison.

That night the Saviour appeared to Mark, strengthening him. In the morning, the pagans dragged the Apostle Mark to the court. Not waiting for new tortures, he died, uttering these last words:

"Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."

The eighth of May is the feast day of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

 

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