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Saint Mark

St Mark

The shortest of the gospels, the  Tradition of the Church speaks of  Saint Mark as the interpreter of Saint Peter. It is believed that he worked closely with Peter. So, we have a keen insight into the thoughts of Peter, the one chosen by the Lord to head the Church through Mark. Moreover, he founded the Church in Alexandria and is revered by the Church in Rome and Venice (where his relics rest) among other cities.

The liturgical biography for Saint Mark reads thusly:

Saint Mark, also named John, was the cousin of Barnabas. It seems that he belonged to the tribe of Levi. In the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 12:12), it is said that the Christians gathered in his mother Mary’s home to pray. Converted to the Christian faith by Saint Peter, he went to Antioch with Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas around the year 44 and afterwards went to Cyprus and Pamphylia, then returned to Jerusalem. He was with Saint Paul at the time of his first captivity, having followed Saint Peter to Rome to serve him as an interpreter. During Saint Paul’s second captivity, Mark was in Asia around 66 or 67. At the request of the Roman Christians, he wrote his Gospel in Greek-the second Gospel after that of Saint Matthew. According to the historian Eusebius and ancient tradition, he afterwards went to Egypt where he had preached the Gospel and founded the Church of Alexandria. He was martyred at an unknown date. His holy body was transferred to Venice by some travellers in 828. The symbol of the lion is reserved to him, the second of Ezekiel’s symbolic animals (Ezekiel 1:10). Perhaps for this reason alone his Gospel is second in the series of the Four Gospels.

From a treatise Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus for the feast:

The Church, which has spread everywhere, even to the ends of the earth, received the faith from the apostles and their disciples. By faith, we believe in one God, the almighty Father who made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became man for our salvation. And we believe in the Holy Spirit who through the prophets foretold God’s plan: the coming of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ, his birth from the Virgin, his passion, his resurrection from the dead, his ascension into heaven, and his final coming from heaven in the glory of his Father, to recapitulate all things and to raise all men from the dead, so that, by the decree of his invisible Father, he may make a just judgment in all things and so that every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth to Jesus Christ our Lord and our God, our Savior and our King, and every tongue confess him.

The Church, spread throughout the whole world, received this preaching and this faith and now preserves it carefully, dwelling as it were in one house. Having one soul and one heart, the Church holds this faith, preaches and teaches it consistently as though by a single voice. For though there are different languages, there is but one tradition.

The faith and the tradition of the churches founded in Germany are no different from those founded among the Spanish and the Celts, in the East, in Egypt, in Libya and elsewhere in the Mediterranean world. Just as God’s creature, the sun, is one and the same the world over, so also does the Church’s preaching shine everywhere to enlighten all men who want to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Now of those who speak with authority in the churches, no preacher however forceful will utter anything different—for no one is above the Master—nor will a less forceful preacher diminish what has been handed down. Since our faith is everywhere the same, no one who can say more augments it, nor can anyone who says less diminish it.

Saint George

St George


“your life was worthy of your name, Glorious George:
You have taken the cross of Christ on your shoulders,
You have benefited the ground which became barren by the deception of the devil
And, having removed as thorny bush the worship of idols,
You planted the seed of the true faith.
So, too, you can the cure the faithful of all the earth,
And you show yourself to be the good grower of the Most Holy Trinity.
Intercede, we ask you, for the peace of the world
And for the salvation of our souls.” (Byzantine Liturgy)

Saint George, pray for us.

Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris

St Maria of ParisToday, the 71st anniversary of the transitus (the death) of Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (1891-1945). She was Latvian by birth. Saint Maria is an Orthodox nun who was killed in the Ravensbrück concentration camp, along with her son, Yuri. Saint Maria Skobtsova is known as the Orthodox Dorothy Day, or the Orthodox Woman of the Beatitudes.

Jim Forrest writes, “She was certain that there was no other path to heaven than participating in God’s mercy. As she wrote: “The way to God lies through love of people. At the Last Judgment I shall not be asked whether I was successful in my ascetic exercises, nor how many bows and prostrations I made. Instead I shall be asked did I feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the prisoners. That is all I shall be asked. About every poor, hungry and imprisoned person the Savior says ‘I’: ‘I was hungry and thirsty, I was sick and in prison.’ To think that he puts an equal sign between himself and anyone in need…. I always knew it, but now it has somehow penetrated to my sinews. It fills me with awe.”

A short biography of her: “Mother Maria of Paris: Saint of the Open Door” by Jim Forest

A few icons of Saint Maria of Paris

A page of links relating to her and her co-workers

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo

Portillo and JPII“Early in the morning of March 23rd, 1994, God called his good and faithful servant to Himself. Bishop del Portillo had returned only a few hours before from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where, with deep prayer and piety, he had followed Jesus’ footsteps from Nazareth to the Holy Sepulcher. He had celebrated his last Mass on earth in the Church of the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Later that day, Pope John Paul II came to pray before Bishop del Portillo’s remains, which now lie in the crypt of the Church of the Prelature, Our Lady of Peace at Bruno Buozzi 75, Rome.”

Saint Joseph

gettoknowjoseph-1014x487Saint Joseph’s a prime example of what it means to be self-giving and faithful in one’s love. His feast today, is a good opportunity each of us to renew our commitment to the Christian calling God has given each of us. Consider praying on the theological virtues of faith, hope, love: these are the supports of Saint Joseph’s life and of all Christian lives.

O Glorious St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong,
so prompt before the Throne of God,
I place in you all my interests and desires.
O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession
and obtain for me from your Divine Son
all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord;
so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power
I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage
to the most Loving of Fathers.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you
and Jesus asleep in your arms.
I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me,
and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls,
pray for us, through Christ Our LORD. Amen.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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