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Saint Mark

Saint MarkSt. Mark the founder of the Egyptian Christian church came to Egypt around the year 50  AD to evangelize. After he preached in the countryside of Egypt he went to Alexandria where he met a shoemaker named Anianus whom St. mark appointed him bishop. A small Christian community developed in Alexandria and soon Christianity prevailed in Egypt.

Saint mark is believed to be the author of Gospel of Mark which is the oldest of the four gospels known today. He was born in the Pentapolis of North Africa where he returned after preaching in Colosse and Rome. Christianity spread to Pentapolis from Egypt.

A few years later when mark returned to Alexandria, his enemies, taking advantage of the Easter ceremonies held by the saint, sent armed men who surprised and arrested him while he was celebrating Mass. The next day, they threw a rope around his neck and dragged him over the ground until he died.

The Christians claimed the body from the pyre and buried it with reverence in the church they had built. Saint Mark is revered as the founder and first martyr of the Christian Church in Egypt.


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