Today the Church commemorates the Feast of the Great *Saint Mark*, I won’t write “the Evangelist”, rather *OUR EVANGELIST*!
I will include a speech of gratitude to our Apostle.
I will include His Synaxarion entry.
I will also include His Glorification melody.
Remember us Your children before the Heavenly Throne of Grace, O Great Abba Mark.
Saint Mark is our first Pope.
Saint Mark is the Founder of the oldest Church in the entire world.
Saint Mark is the reason that today we are called Christians!
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (~Saint Mark 16:15)
This is exactly what Saint Mark did. He did not care if the People were pagan, Greek, Jewish, rich, poor, etc., He preached the Gospel to everyone.
Put yourself in Saint Mark’s position...You don’t know where you are going, you don’t know the language of the people to whom you will go, you don’t have any money or food with you, you do not know _HOW_ you will spread the Good News, Etc.
On top of all of that, You’re related to 3 direct Disciples of Christ, and you have been called to the Apostolic Service! So you have lots of work to do, and you have to do it fast since you witnessed many occasions with the Lord Christ, IN YOUR OWN HOUSE!
As we can see, Saint Mark had so many discouraging factors that would make Him give up (if that was us, we’d be toast if we had just one of those many things!)
But He still managed to preach, and to Christianize more than a whole continent (Africa is the 2nd biggest continent in the world, 5 western cities: Pentapolis, Etc.)
I think we owe Saint Mark the biggest Thank You