Wednesday, April 25, 2018

SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST

St. Mark is usually identified with the John Mark of the Book of Acts who accompanied his cousin Barnabas and St. Paul on the first missionary journey. The attribution to him of the Gospel which bears his name goes back to a statement by Papias (ca. 140) that Mark “was the interpreter of Peter” from whom he got much of the material for his Gospel. According to tradition, Mark was the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, and was martyred there ca. 64.

In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In the morning: Psalm 99  The power and holiness of God

In the evening:  Psalm 9 Thanksgiving for victory

Read hymn  “O God of light, your Word, a lamp unfailing”

One or more of the following lessons:

Isaiah 52:7-10,  2 Timothy 4:6-11, 18,  Mark 1:1-5

In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus

In the evening: Magnificat

Prayer of the Day    

O God, the life of the faithful, the glory of the saints, and the delight of those who trust in you: Hear our supplications, and quench, we pray, the thirst of those who long for your promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you 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, now and for ever.

Pray for all in civil authority
For the leaders of the nations of the world
For respect for the land and the conservation of natural resources
For protection against the perils of abundance
For peace among the nations
For the government of the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Pittsburgh
For a heart to hear the Gospel
For a sense of the disturbing mystery of the resurrection

Our Father…

The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.

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