25 April. 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Mark, the Evangelist.
Saint Mark's Day.
O ALMIGHTY God, who hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us grace, that, being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Mark is generally identified with the "John, whose surname is Mark," son of the Mary to whose house St. Peter repaired after his deliverance from prison (Acts xii. 12), and nephew of Barnabas. He was "minister" to St. Paul and St. Barnabas in part of their first missionary journey; but left them at Perga, and was therefore on the second journey rejected by St. Paul (with the effect of quarrel with St. Barnabas), and subsequently became companion to St. Barnabas in Cyprus (Acts xiii. 4, 13; xv. 36-39). Afterwards he is named by St. Peter (1 Pet. v. 13) as "Marcus, my son," and it is clear from Col. iv. 10, Philemon 24, and 2 Tim. iv. 11, that he was gradually restored to St. Paul's confidence, and sent for to minister to him in his last imprisonment. Early and trustworthy tradition declares him the amanuensis of St. Peter in his Gospel; other tradition, less assured, makes him bishop of Alexandria and martyr there. -- April 25th.