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I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.                You shall have no other gods before me.                You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:                you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me,                and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.                You shall not take the name of Yahweh your God in vain, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.                Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.                You shall labor six days, and do all your work,                but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your God. You shall not do any work in it, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your livestock, nor your stranger who is within your gates;                for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.                Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.                You shall not murder.                You shall not commit adultery.                You shall not steal.                You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.                You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
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The Life and Work of St. Mark the Apostle and Evangelist

In the Acts of the Apostles we learn that Mark , the son of Maria, lived in Jerusalem during the early formative years of the Church. His mother was one of the first members of the Church, and it appears that she was a person of means. This can be assumed from the description of her home which was decorated with columns, and which had large facilities capable of receiving great numbers of the followers of Jesus (Acts 12.12).

This is the same house where Peter met his other brethren, after being miraculously freed by the angel of God from jail, and where he baptised Mark into the new faith. Peter, in his first letter (A' Epistle 5:13) refers to Mark as his "son", although there is not any apparent relationship between them. In Colossians 4:10 it is shown that Mark was the "nephew of Barnabas", a Levite from Cyprus.

The first direct mentioning of Mark is in the Acts 12:25. There, prior to the description of the first apostolic voyage of Paul and Barnabas, the two return to Antioch after delivering supplies sent by the Christian brethren to the Christians of Jerusalem. There with them was "John who is also called Mark". Given that the assistance had been sent at the time when the Emperor was Claudius Caesar, the trip of Mark to Antioch took place during the 15th or 16th year from the Resurrection of our Lord.

A little later, directed by the Holy Spirit, Paul and Barnabas, taking with them Mark, arrive in Salamis, Cyprus, where after they cross the island arrive in the city of Paphos. There takes place the conversion to Christianity of the first Roman official, Sergius Paulus.

Mark accompanied Paul and Barnabas in their second missionary journey, and again followed Barnabas when he visited Cyprus to teach about Christ. More information about Mark comes to us in the letters of St. Paul.

Ten or twelve years later, as we read in the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians (4:10) and again in Philemon (6:24) Mark is with Peter in Rome, among the few who stood by the Apostle during those trying days.

Orthodox ecclesiastical tradition has it that St Mark came to Alexandria in the year 42 and established the Church of Alexandria, and was its first bishop for 22 years.

St. Mark died the death of a martyr while he was being pulled through the streets of Alexandria by a pagan mob, and was buried in a nearby village.

In the year 828 AD, Venetian merchants transported his relics to Venice, and since then he has been considered as the protector saint of this city.

St. Mark the Evangelist is commemorated in the Orthodox Church on 8th May.


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