Mark, my son, sends you greetings
I Peter 5:13

Photos for Today

Father Ryan's Venice photos (Thanks!)


The Basilica of San Marco, Venice

“The whole edifice is to be regarded less as a temple wherein to pray, than as itself a vast illuminated missal, bound with alabaster instead of parchment, studded with porphyry pillars instead of jewels, and written within and without in letters of enamel and gold,” wrote John Ruskin in The Stones of Venice. Silently, this great church preaches the Gospel—which is appropriate, because it was built to house the remains of the Evangelist Mark. Much as the relics of St. James came miraculously to Santiago de Compostela, the relics of St. Mark found their way to Venice. Mark worked closely with Peter, and, according to long tradition, was baptized by him. (Inside the basilica, find the mosaic showing Mark presenting his Gospel to Peter.) Mark’s symbol is a lion, because his gospel begins with John preaching in the wilderness. The lion is also an appropriate emblem for the people of Venice, proud, strong, and independent.

From the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Again the high priest asked him and said to him, “Are you the Messiah, the son of the Blessed One?” Then Jesus answered, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.’” (15: 61-62) (Jesus’ response ‘I am’ to his interrogation by the Sanhedrin is recorded only in Mark’s Gospel.)

Intentions for Today

PILGRIMS TO ROME: Mark’s gospel tells the story of Jesus life and ministry in a way that is “colorful and uncluttered... vivid, colorful, memorable,” as Father Ryan said in a recent homily. How is my preaching of the gospel? Does Christ’s word shine simply and clearly in the way I speak, the way I live?

PILGRIMS AT HOME: Four of the six windows on the lower level of the west nave of St. James Cathedral represent the evangelists. (You can identify Mark by his symbol, the lion.) Today, let us give thanks for the gift of the Gospels. In them Jesus’ voice rings out as clearly today as it did 2,000 years ago.



Link directly to the Basilica of San Marco, Venice website
Link to a LIVE webcam of the Piazza San Marco
Link to a LIVE webcam of the Canals of Venice