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SAINT OF THE MONTH

St. Mark
Feast Day - April 25

St. Mark evangelist; cousin of St. Barnabas; identical, apparently, with John Mark at whose mother's house the Christians were praying for St. Peter's release from prison (Acts 12:12). St. Paul considered Mark a quitter for turning back during the first missionary journey, but late years found consolation in him as a helper and fellow prisoner.

The apostolic tradition that makes Mark the interpreter and mouthpiece of St. Peter is supported by the vivid, eye-witness quality of Mark's gospel whenever Peter is present. It is sometimes called the "Gospel of St. Peter".


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PRAYER OF THE MONTH

Prayer

Father, you gave St. Mark the privilege of proclaiming your gospel. May we profit by his wisdom and follow Christ more faithfully.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Amen

 

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