Mark's Name Day

This year Mark's Name day was on 25th April 2017

Mark is derived from the Latin, 'of Mars' - the Roman god of war.; Mark has a name day of 25th April and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

Saint Mark, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Cattle farmers
  • Lawyers
  • Glaziers
  • Venice

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Mark has the following symbols associated

  • A pen
  • A book and scroll
  • A winged lion
  • A scroll with the words 'Pax tibi'

Historically Famous Marks

If the young man whose house was used for the Last Supper, and who - wrapped only in a sheet - stole after Jesus and his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane is the author of Mark's Gospel, and also Paul's companion and Peter's amanuensis, we can build up a surprisingly full picture of St Mark. He was probably too young to have been allowed to join Jesus' followers but was obviously drawn to this great teacher, to whom his mother had opened her house. Despite his symbol being a winged lion, however, Mark was perhaps as nervous as the rest of us. As well as running away from the soldiers in the garden on that fateful night, leaving the only thing he was wearing in their hands, he abandoned Paul on his first missionary journey, being rather overwhelmed by it all. It took all the persuasion of his cousin Barnabas, who was with them, to reconcile Paul to Mark. Still, Mark did recover his courage - and it is a braver person who conquers fear than feels none - and joined Paul again. He accompanied him to Rome where he wrote what is probably the first Gospel. Most scholars believe that this was the memoir of Peter, although it has far more to it than that since it is so cleverly constructed to give the Gospel message 'between the lines'. We do not know what became of Mark after Peter and Paul were executed. It is said that he became Bishop of Alexandria and Was martyred there, and that his body was moved to Venice in the ninth century.

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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