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St. Mark the Evangelist

April 25    










Patristic / Medieval 
Chrysostom (Gospel)

Augustine (Gospel)

Catena Aurea (Gospel 1662)

Catena Aurea (Gospel Cdn)



Calvin (Gospel 1662)

Calvin (Gospel Cdn)
Calvin (Epistle)


Caroline Divines 


Evangelical Revival
Wesley's Notes (Gospel 1662)

Wesley's Notes (Gospel Cdn)
Wesley's Notes (Epistle)


Oxford Movement 
Keble (Feast of St. Mark, Tract 57)

Williams (Feast of St. Mark (1662))

Blunt (Commentary)




Matthew Henry (Gospel 1662)

Matthew Henry (Gospel Cdn)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)

Kiefer Biographical Sketch

Additional Materials 

Keble (poem)
Links to Images of St. Mark:

  - Biblical Art on the WWW:

         St. Mark as a writer

  - Textweek.com


O ALMIGHTY God, who hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us grace, that, being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE EPISTLE.   Ephesians 4. 7.

UNTO every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.



1. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer appoints the following Gospel:

St. John 15. 1.

I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.


2. The Canadian 1962 Book of Common Prayer appoints the following Gospel:

S. Mark 13. 1. 

AND as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations.



INTROIT.  Ps 45.1-4 

MY heart overfloweth with a good matter: I recite my verses for the king: / my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2 THOU art fairer than the children of men; / full of grace are thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

3 Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O mighty one, / according to thy glory and thy majesty.

4 And in thy majesty ride on to victory in the cause of truth, and of meekness and righteousness; / and let thy right hand teach thee terrible deeds.

Glory be.


GRADUAL.  Ps 119 Pt 2   
WHEREWITHAL shall a young man cleanse his way? / even by ruling himself after thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee; / O let me not go astray from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid within my heart, / that I should not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O LORD; / O teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I been telling / of all the judgements of thy mouth.
14 I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, / as in all manner of riches.
15 I will meditate upon thy precepts, / and have respect unto thy ways.
16 My delight shall be in thy statutes, / and I will not forget thy word.