Saint Mark was considered the pioneer in Gospel writing. His was the shortest and the oldest of the Gospels.
Mark's Gospel was a great contribution to the Church. It included oral and written tradition concerning the words and deeds of Jesus.
Mark is thought to have been founder and bishop of the church of Alexandria, Egypt, where he was martyred.
The symbol for Mark is a winged lion because his Gospel begins with the story of John the Baptist who, like a roaring lion, called people to repent.