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MARK was converted by Peter, and accompanied him to Rome as his secretary or interpreter. When Peter was writing his first epistle to the churches of Asia, he referred to his companion as "my son Mark."
The Roman people begged Mark to put in writing the accounts of Peter's frequent talks on our Lord's life. Mark did this under the direction of Peter some time before the year 60. He wrote the Gospel in Greek.
Mark accompanied Paul and Barnabas on their missionary journey throuhg the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied Barnabas alone. He was in Rome with Peter and Paul.
Mark was sent to Egypt to found the Church of Alexandria and set up the first Christian school which became very famous.
One day Mark was captured by unbelievers, dragged over stones and thrown into prison. He was consoled by angels and the voice of Jesus.

God our Father, You helped St. Mark the Evangelist with Your grace so that he could preach the Good News of Christ. Help us to know You well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ.

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