Saint Mark
On April 25 we celebrate the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, who is patron of a wide variety of people, places and things, including captives, notaries, insect bites, lions, and Venice, Italy – to name just a few. Mark's symbols are just as diverse: a lion (or winged lion, which is the symbol of Venice), a fig tree, a club, a pen, a book and a scroll.

St. Mark isn’t the patron of writers (that would be St. Francis de Sales), but his symbols are representative of the tools we writers use, and these connect to the “evangelist” part of his name. Mark traveled with St. Peter, writing down the sermons that form the basis of his Gospel. Mark also founded the Church of Alexandria, and is honored as the founder of Christianity in Africa. Coptic traditions say Mark was martyred in A.D. 68.

As we continue to celebrate the Easter season, let’s remember the courage of St. Mark as symbolized by the lion, and the brave way he spread the Good News of Christ, using pen and scroll, the tools of a writer and scribe, and recall these words from Mark 16: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” St. Mark the Evangelist, pray for us!

Your OSV Author Toolkit Team -- Mary Beth, Polly, Natalie, Jill, Sarah and Cathy

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