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Saints' Day of Sant Marc the Evangelist

April 25th

April 25th is the Saints' Day of Sant Marc the Evangelist, author of the Gospel According to Saint Mark, who is venerated throughout the Christian world and his festival is celebrated around Catalonia.

Marc is mentioned on a number of occasions in the Acts of the Apostles, most notably accompanying Saint Paul on his first journey, and he is also mentioned in the First Epistle of Peter but is best known as the author of the Gospel According to Saint Mark.

He was not one of Jesus' original twelve disciples so he based his gospel on the teachings of Saint Peter.

According to tradition, Marc began preaching his gospel in Alexandria at the beginning of the reign of Emperor Claudius in AD 41 and he founded a church there with a bishop, four priests and seven deacons.

Marc was martyred in Alexandria in AD 68 and the Christians of the city saved his body, embalmed it and he was buried in the eastern part of the church.

In 828, Sant Marc's relics were stolen from the church in Alexandria by a group of Italians, who transported them to Venice and housed them in the specially-built Saint Mark's Basilica.

There is a great amount of art dedicated to Sant Marc in Catalonia and he is often portrayed as or with a lion.

A particularly fine example is piece shown below which is taken from the wall of the church of Sant Climent de Taüll and is now on display at the Museu Nacional de Catalunya (MNAC).





Festes de Sant Marc

April 25th is the Saints' Day of Sant Marc the Evangelist, author of the Gospel According to Saint Mark, who is venerated throughout the Christian world and his festival is celebrated around Catalonia.

Barcelona Province

  • Festa Major de Balsareny (Bages

Around Catalonia

  • Festes majors de Sant Marc a Mas de Barberans (el Montsià)

Catalan-speaking countries

  • Festa de Sant Marc a Sineu (Mallorca) 




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