April 25: St Mark the Evangelist, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark’s gospel... He is represented as a lion because of the words at the beginning of Mark’s gospel “A voice of one crying out in the desert” (Mark 1:3a).. The lion also has symbolized Christ, the Resurrection, courage, fortitude, and kingliness.

April 25: St Mark the Evangelist, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark’s gospel... He is represented as a lion because of the words at the beginning of Mark’s gospel “A voice of one crying out in the desert” (Mark 1:3a).. The lion also has symbolized Christ, the Resurrection, courage, fortitude, and kingliness.

Saint Mark the Evangelist. Panel in the Altar of the Four Evangelists by Gabriel Mälesskircher, c. 1478 (Munich). Now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

Saint Mark the Evangelist. Panel in the Altar of the Four Evangelists by Gabriel Mälesskircher, c. 1478 (Munich). Now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

The symbols of St Matthew and St Mark, from Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art: Celestial Beings: Emblems of the Four Evangelists, by John Vinycomb, 1909. (sacred-texts.com)

The symbols of St Matthew and St Mark, from Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art: Celestial Beings: Emblems of the Four Evangelists, by John Vinycomb, 1909. (sacred-texts.com)

Silver Mens Ring Venetian Winged Lion of St Mark the Evangelist the Apostle

Silver Mens Ring Venetian Winged Lion of St Mark the Evangelist the Apostle

Litany Lane: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Litany Lane Blog: Compassion, Psalms 89:2-17, First Peter 5:5-14 , Mark 16:15-20 , Pope Francis Daily Homily - The courage to do great things, the humility to appreciate little things, St Mark, Seventy Disciples, Catholic Catechism Part Two: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH - Chapter 2 Sacraments of Healing Article 4:1 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Litany Lane: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Litany Lane Blog: Compassion, Psalms 89:2-17, First Peter 5:5-14 , Mark 16:15-20 , Pope Francis Daily Homily - The courage to do great things, the humility to appreciate little things, St Mark, Seventy Disciples, Catholic Catechism Part Two: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH - Chapter 2 Sacraments of Healing Article 4:1 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Russian Orthodox icon of St. Mark the Evangelist, 18th century (Iconostasis of Transfiguration Church, Kizhi Monastery, Karelia, Russia).

Russian Orthodox icon of St. Mark the Evangelist, 18th century (Iconostasis of Transfiguration Church, Kizhi Monastery, Karelia, Russia).

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