Saint Mark, Patron Saint of Notaries and Lawyers

Saint Mark Saint PeterSaint Mark, Patron Saint of Notaries and Lawyers

Saint Mark, the author of the second Gospel, is the patron saint of notaries and lawyers.  His feast day is April 25th.  His symbol is the winged lion.  Some legends say he was thrown to the lions but the lions refused to attack him.

He accompanied Saint Peter as a travel companion and interpreter, and wrote down his sermons, creating the Gospel of Mark, probably in Rome near the year 60 AD.

Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church.

Saint Mark at the Last Supper

Mark is believed to be the man who carried water to the house where the Last Supper took place.  He witnessed many of the miracles performed by Jesus.  He was not one of the 12 apostles.

Saint Mark Martyred in Alexandria

In 49 AD, Mark traveled to Alexandria, Egypt and founded the Church of Alexandria.  He became bishop of Alexandria and the founder of Christianity in Africa.

The pagans of Alexandria resented his efforts to turn them away from the worship of traditional gods.  In 68 AD, they dragged Mark through the streets with a rope around his neck until he was dead.  He died a martyr.  When his attackers tried to burn his body, they found it could not be harmed.  His followers claimed the body and buried it in the church they built.

Remains Taken to Venice

In 828, relics believed to be the body of Saint Mark were stolen from Alexandria by two Venetian merchants, with the help of two Greek monks, and taken to Venice.  The Basilica di San Marco, dedicated to Saint Mark, was built in Venice.

Saint Mark The Record Keeper

In art, he is often depicted writing or holding a book or scroll, perhaps his gospel, or a record book, a symbol of learning and record keeping.

A patron saint is a saint who is venerated as a special intercessor before God.  Most patrons have been designated as the result of popular devotion and long-standing custom.

Image credit:  painting, St. Mark writes his Evangelium at the dictation of St. Peter
Attributed to Pasquale Ottino, Italian painter, 17th century, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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