St Mark, 25th April
Mark, whose home in Jerusalem became a place of rest for Jesus and his 12 apostles, is considered the
traditional author of the second gospel. He is also usually identified as the young man, described in
Mark 14.51, who followed Christ after his arrest and then escaped capture by leaving his clothes behind.
Papias, in 130, said that in later years Mark became Peter’s interpreter. If so, then this close friendship
would have been how Mark gathered so much information about Jesus’ life. Peter referred to him
affectionately as his ‘son’.
Mark was also a companion to Paul on his journeys. When Paul was held captive at Rome, Mark was with him,
helping him. Mark’s Gospel, most likely written in Italy, perhaps in Rome, is the earliest account we
have of the life of Jesus. Mark died about 74 AD.
Early in the 9th century Mark’s body was brought to Venice, whose patron he became, and there it has
remained to this day. The symbol of Mark as an evangelist, a winged lion symbolising the royal dignity
of Christ, is much in evidence at Venice.
St Mark in Window 17, 25th April (right) with the winged lion at his feet.