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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Saint Mark. He shared the responsibility of preaching the Gospel with Barnabas and Paul and then with Peter. He is the author of the first written Gospel.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 16, 15-20

And he said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation.

Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.

These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues;

they will pick up snakes in their hands and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.'

And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven; there at the right hand of God he took his place,

while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today the Western and the Coptic–Syriac Byzantine Churches remember the evangelist Mark. Mark, a cousin of Barnabas’, had been a part of the community of Jesus’ disciples who gathered in his mother’s house since his youth, as we read in Acts (12:12). The tradition identifies him in the young man who fled naked at the moment of Jesus’ arrest. Around the year 44 he accompanied Paul and Barnabas to Cyprus and Pamphilia on the apostle’s first missionary journey. Later he found again the apostle Paul in Rome and he stayed with him during his imprisonment. He chose to follow Peter who in his first letter calls him “my son,” while tradition says that he was Peter’s interpreter. In Rome, at the request of many Christians, he wrote down Peter’s preaching, collecting all the things Peter remembered of what was said and done by Jesus. The memory of the evangelist is associated in a special way with Alexandria, where he founded the Church and was martyred. Thus he lived the missionary tension expressed in the concluding words of his Gospel. In a few lines, he summarizes the heart of the Christian message that the disciples need to proclaim the Gospel till the ends of the earth. The Coptic liturgy, from the Church in Egypt, calls Mark “the witness of the suffering of the only-begotten Son.” In the Gospel he wrote, in fact, Mark encourages us to fix our gaze on the mystery of the “suffering servant” in which is hidden the glory of the Son of Man. It is not by chance that the first who converted to the Christian faith at the time of Jesus’ death is the Roman centurion. Seeing how that just man was dying, the centurion said, “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mk 15:39). Today could be the right moment to begin to read through the entire Gospel of Mark to capture the heart of this disciple and imitate his passion.

Memory of the Apostles

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Liturgy of the Sunday
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Tuesday, 28 March
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
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