The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark.
Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem
served as a meeting place for Christians there.
St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey
through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome
with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.
St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek
for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set
down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this
Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince
of the Apostles. His feast day is April 25. He is the patron saint of notaries.
Prayer to St. Mark
Almighty God, who by the hand of Mark the evangelist have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.