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Our venerable and God-bearing father '''Mark the Ascetic''' was born in Athens in the fifth century, and lived in the Egyptian desert as a [[monk]].  His [[feast day]] is commemorated on [[March 5]].
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== Life ==
 
== Life ==
'''St. Mark''' was an ascetic and miracle-worker. In his fortieth year he was tonsured a monk by his teacher, [[John Chrysostom|St. John Chrysostom]]. Mark then spent sixty more years in the wilderness of Nitria in fasting and prayer, and in writing many spiritual works concerning the salvation of souls. He knew all the Holy [[Scriptures]] by heart. He was very merciful and kind, and wept much for the misfortunes that had befallen all of God's creation. On one occasion, when weeping over a hyena's blind whelp, he prayed to God and the whelp received its sight. In thanksgiving the mother hyena brought him a sheepskin. The saint forbade the hyena in the future to kill any more sheep belonging to poor people. He received Communion at the hands of angels. His homilies concerning the spiritual law, repentance, sobriety, etc., are ranked among the preeminent literature of the Church. These works were praised by the [[Patriarch]] [[Photius]] the Great himself.
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St. Mark was an [[ascetic]] and [[wonder-worker|miracle-worker]], sometimes known as ''Mark the Faster''. In his 40th year he was [[tonsure]]d a monk by his teacher, St. [[John Chrysostom]]. Mark then spent 60 more years in the wilderness of Nitria (a desert in Lower Egypt) in [[fast]]ing and [[prayer]], and in writing many spiritual works concerning the salvation of souls. He knew all the [[Holy Scriptures]] by heart. He was very merciful and kind, and wept much for the misfortunes that had befallen all of God's creation.
  
== Commemoration ==
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On one occasion, when weeping over a hyena's blind whelp, he prayed to God and the whelp received its sight. In thanksgiving the mother hyena brought him a sheepskin. The [[saint]] forbade the hyena in the future to kill any more sheep belonging to poor people. He received [[Eucharist|Communion]] at the hands of [[angels]]. His [[homily|homilies]] concerned such topics as the spiritual law, repentance, sobriety, and are ranked among the preeminent literature of the Church. These works were praised by the [[Patriarch]] [[Photius the Great]] himself.
The Church remembers St. Mark on [[March]] 5
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== Source ==
 
== Source ==
St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
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*St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100669 St. Mark the Ascetic of Egypt] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=2352 Mark the Ascetic] ([[GOARCH]])
  
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[[Category:Egyptian Saints]]
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[[Category:Monastics]]
 
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[[Category:Saints]]

Revision as of 07:53, December 21, 2005

Our venerable and God-bearing father Mark the Ascetic was born in Athens in the fifth century, and lived in the Egyptian desert as a monk. His feast day is commemorated on March 5.

Life

St. Mark was an ascetic and miracle-worker, sometimes known as Mark the Faster. In his 40th year he was tonsured a monk by his teacher, St. John Chrysostom. Mark then spent 60 more years in the wilderness of Nitria (a desert in Lower Egypt) in fasting and prayer, and in writing many spiritual works concerning the salvation of souls. He knew all the Holy Scriptures by heart. He was very merciful and kind, and wept much for the misfortunes that had befallen all of God's creation.

On one occasion, when weeping over a hyena's blind whelp, he prayed to God and the whelp received its sight. In thanksgiving the mother hyena brought him a sheepskin. The saint forbade the hyena in the future to kill any more sheep belonging to poor people. He received Communion at the hands of angels. His homilies concerned such topics as the spiritual law, repentance, sobriety, and are ranked among the preeminent literature of the Church. These works were praised by the Patriarch Photius the Great himself.

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