25 April 2006

St. Mark

Today the Church celebrates the Fest of St. Mark the Evangelist. A homilist once remarked that "Mark" spelled backwards is "Kram" which is how St. Mark manages to include a plethora of miracles into the shortest of the four canonical Gospels.

St. Mark is often depicted, in art, with a scroll or a winged lion. The lion, representing one of the four windged creatures in Ezekiel, is associated with Mark because he begins his Gospel with St. John the Baptist, the voice in the wilderness.

St. Mark has some interesting patronages. He is patron to attorneys, prisoners, those who work with stained glass as well as Egypt and the Philippines. As we celebrate his Feast today, we give thanks to God for the gift of the Gospels, His Word among us.

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