Saturday, November 17, 2018 UTC

APRIL 25: MID-PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF ST. MARK – APOSTLE – EVANGELIST

070MidpentecostA_032_4A-copy-2 APRIL 25: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

Mid-Pentecost celebrates the midpoint between the Feasts of Pascha and Pentecost. Specifically, it falls on the 25th day of Pascha.  The theme of the feast is Christ as Teacher, based upon the words from the Gospel of the day (John 7:14-30): “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught…Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

Also, on Saturday, April 25th, we commemorate the feast day of the Apostle and Evangelist Mark of the land of Egypt who was martyred. He the author of the Gospel of Mark, the companion of the Apostle Paul (as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles), and is numbered among the Seventy Apostles. He is often referred to as John Mark, and is the founder of the Church of Alexandria, being regarded as its first pope. His symbol as one of the four evangelists is a lion.