THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST MARK (40-63)
The Apostle and Evangelist Mark, son of Aristobulus and Maria, was born in Cyrene of Pentapolis. At a young age he went to live in
Some then years later, as is mentioned in Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians (Col 4:10) Mark went to
According to Church tradition the Apostle and Evangelist Mark arrived in
On the day of Pascha in 63 AD (3rd April / Pharmouthi, during which the pagans celebrated the Feast of Serapidos, St Mark was arrested while performing the Divine Liturgy and was imprisoned. The next day, 4th April, he was dragged through the streets of Alexandria by the crowd and died as a Martyr of the Church. He was buried by the Christians of the city in the area of Bucolus where the beautiful Church in his memory was later erected.
In the 9th century, Venetian traders took his holy relics to Venice where they can be found to this day in the Cathedral of St Mark in the city.