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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]].
 
== Life ==
'''St. Mark''' was an [[ascetic ]] and [[wonder-worker|miracle-worker]], sometimes known as ''Mark the Faster''. In his fortieth 40th year he was tonsured [[tonsure]]d a monk by his teacher, St. [[John Chrysostom|St. John Chrysostom]]. Mark then spent sixty 60 more years in the wilderness of Nitria (a desert in Lower Egypt) in fasting [[fast]]ing and [[prayer]], and in writing many spiritual works concerning the salvation of souls. He knew all the Holy [[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.
== Commemoration ==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 remembers St. Mark on These works were praised by the [[Patriarch]] [[MarchPhotius the Great]] 5himself.
== Source ==
*St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]'' ==External links==*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100669 St. Mark the Ascetic of Egypt] ([[OCA]])*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=2352 Mark the Ascetic] ([[GOARCH]])
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