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St. Mark the Evangelist. Author of the Gospel of Mark. He has been long held by the Roman Catholic Church to be represented by one of the four living creatures (the lion), along with Matthew (man), Luke (calf), and John (eagle) of Revelation 4:6–8; like the six-winged Seraphim of Isaiah 6:2–4, these creatures constantly shout around the Heavenly Father's throne "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory." Mark said to have founded the Church of Alexandria…

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Saint Mark the Evangelist. Panel in the Altar of the Four Evangelists by Gabriel Mälesskircher, c. 1478 (Munich). Now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

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Eleventh-century German ivory showing the Evangelist St Mark writing the Gospel with his symbol, the lion, holding a scroll. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Saint John the Divine as the son of Zebedee, and his mother's name was Salome [Matthew 4:21, 27:56; Mark 15:40, 16:1]. They lived on the shores of the sea of Galilee. The brother of Saint John, probably considerably older, was Saint James. The mention of the "hired men" [Mark 1:20], and of Saint John's "home" [John 19:27], implies that the condition of ... continue reading

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