Today is the feast day of St. Mark, the Evangelist.
St. Mark was a disciple of St. Peter and the author of the second Gospel under the inspiration of the latter. he was martyred at Alexandria A.D. 80.
The Roman Missal, 1962
St. Mark's symbol is the winged lion.
Collect for today:
O God, who didst exalt blessed Mark, Thine Evangelist, by the grace of preaching the Gospel, grant we beseech Thee, that we may ever profit by his teaching and be defended by his prayers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of Thy Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen