Catholic Saints

Saint Mark

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Mark
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Mark
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Mark
  • What is Saint Mark the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Mark is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Mark, also known as John Mark

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Mark
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Venice and Glaziers
  • Saint Mark the Evangelist, believed to be the author of the Gospel of Mark
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: April 25th
  • Date of Death: Saint Mark died in A.D. 68
  • Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Who or what is Saint Mark the patron saint of?
Saint Mark is the patron of Venice and Glaziers. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Mark
The story and history of Saint Mark. Pentapolis, North Africa, is believed to be where Saint Mark the Evangelist was born. His family moved to Jerusalem where Mark was well educated. His mother became one of the earliest converts to Christianity whilst living in Jerusalem. The disciples of Jesus were welcomed into her house and this is where Mark met Peter, Paul and Barnabas. Mark did not witness all of the events surrounding the life of Jesus but he documented details of his life in the Gospel of Mark, as told to him by Saint Peter. Mark is, however, believed to be one of the servants at the Marriage at Cana who poured out the water that Jesus turned to wine. After the death of Jesus Mark travelled with Peter to Rome and then, following the death of Peter, travelled with Paul and his cousin Barnabas to Cypress on their evangelist missions. Saint Mark the Evangelist died in 68AD of natural causes.

The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Mark, although anonymously written, is traditionally attributed to Saint Mark the Evangelist. The Gospel of Mark narrates the life of Jesus starting with his meeting with John the Baptist to the crucifixion and the Ascension. Mark did not personally witness any of the events detailed in the Gospel but as a follower of Peter he documented what Peter had told him.

Death of Saint Mark
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Mark died in A.D. 68. Cause of Death: Natural Causes. 

Why is Saint Mark the patron of Venice and Glaziers?
Why is Saint Mark is the patron of Venice? Saint Mark is the patron of Venice, because about the year 815 some Venetian merchants obtained possession of his relics and buried them on the spot where the church dedicated to him now stands

How Saint Mark is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Mark in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Mark is represented in Christian Art as the historian of the Resurrection, his familiar attribute in Christian Art is a lion, conformably to the Oriental fable that the lion's whelp is born dead, but after three days its sire breathes upon it and so gives it life. He holds a pen in his right hand and the Gospel in his left.

Feast Day of Saint Mark
The Feast Day of Saint Mark is April 25th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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