Monday, September 23, 2019

St Mark the Ascetic Biography – Feast Day: March 5 – Saint of the Day

St Mark the Ascetic Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

St Mark the Ascetic is also known as:

• Mark the Wrestler
• Mark the Hermit

St Mark the Ascetic, Writer was born on 5th Century in Egypt, Asia. Worked in Ancyra. Died: 451 AD in Egypt, Asia. Feast Day is celebrated on March 5.
The Memorial of St Mark the Ascetic – Saint of the Day Biography 

St Mark the Ascetic, Writer Profile

Date of Birth 5th Century
Country of Birth Egypt of Asia
Matrimony/Holy Orders Monks who became Saints
Profession Writer
Place of Work Ancyra
Date of Death 451 AD
Place of Death Egypt, Asia
Feast Day March 5
Beatification Beatified by N/A
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
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St Mark the Ascetic Biography

St Mark the Ascetic was a fifth-century monk who may have been a disciple of Saint John Chrysostom. He was a friend of Saint Nilus the Ascetic although this is questionable. St Mark wrote over 200 texts on spiritual law, baptism, grace and holy works, repentance and other topics.

He may have been the abbot at Ancyra, but he later became a desert hermit. St Mark opposed the Messalian heresy; its teachings are that each person has a personal demon that even baptism cannot conquer.

St Mark also wrote against the Nestorians. He said to have known the scriptures by heart. Legend says Mark once cured a hyena that had been born blind though not sure why.

From his youth, St Marks’s fondest pursuit was reading the Holy Scripture. It is then said that he knows the entire Bible by heart.

Nine of St Mark’s discourses have come down to us. 3 of them are in Volume 1 of the English PHILOKALIA. The Byzantines had very high regard for his writings that they said, “sell everything else and buy Mark”.
St Mark was noted for his gentleness and purity of soul. Mark was known as “the ascetic” because of his soul to God when he was 120 years old.

Today’s St Mark the Ascetic Quote:

“Don’t pursue the perfection of the law in human virtues, for it is not found perfect in them. Its perfection is concealed in the Cross of Christ.”

St Mark the Ascetic
St Mark the Ascetic

St Mark’s Quotes

God acknowledges in each commandment by His gracious power. “God is concealed in His commandments”, utters St. Mark the Ascetic. God helps everyone who aspires to keep His commandments. And that God abides in us we know by the Spirit, which He has given us. This means that a Christian is never alone, but he lives and works together with the Thrice-Holy God.