LITURGY for TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY IN EASTER WEEK - April 25 and 26, 2000
Tuesday, April 25, 2000
First Reading: Acts 2: 36-41
Psalms: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
Gospel Reading: John 20: 11-18
This year Eastertide supersedes the feast of SAINT MARK, Evangelist which is normally observed on April 25th.
FEAST OF SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST
Converted by Saint Peter after Jesus ascended into Heaven, Saint Mark accompanied Peter to Rome, becoming Peter's secretary as Peter recounted the life of Christ for Mark to record in Greek for the Gentiles. Mark is noted for the vivid images he portrayed of Christ's personality to give us a better insight into the Son of God, such as "He embraced...the little children." After Peter's death, Mark was dispatched to Egypt where he found the Church of Alexandria and was responsible for large numbers of converts. He was the father of the anchorites, the early hermits, and he set up a great Christian school to educate the populace. Upset with his influence, heathens captured him, dragging him over rough hewn stones and flinging him into a dark prison cell. There, consoled by Angels through a magnificent vision of Jesus, Mark lovingly embraced his death in true love for Christ and His followers. Mark is represented as a lion since his gospel begins with Saint John the Baptist as the "voice of one crying in the wilderness."
Wednesday, April 26, 2000
First Reading: Acts 3: 1-10
Psalms: Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel Reading: Luke 24: 13-35