St mark the apostle, evangelist preacher of the christian faith in africa st mark was a native of the north africa county of libya he was born in the city of cyrene in pentapolis, the western part of libya, west of the border of egypt. The coptic church is based on the teachings of saint mark who brought christianity to egypt during the reign of the roman emperor nero in the first century, a dozen years after the lord's ascension he was one of the four evangelists and the one who wrote the oldest canonical gospel. The history of christianity in egypt dates to the roman era as alexandria was an early center of christianity egypt used to be a majority christian country however, between the 11th and 14th century most christians converted to islam after the islamic conquest. The coptic church of egypt is the earliest christian church in the world, going back to around 42 ad according to bishop eusebius of caesarea, as well as coptic traditions, saint mark the evangelist, who wrote the earliest of the four new testament gospels, was the founder and first bishop of the church of alexandria, even before the church of rome was established.
Their first church in their new country st mark was the apostle and the preacher and the first bishop to their church return of the relics of st mark to egypt and the establishment of the saint mark great cathedral at anba ruweis in cairo yousab of fouwa, in his book, the history of the patriarchs, wrote that st mark was related. St mark the apostle, the founder of the coptic church the coptic church or the church of alexandria is called sees of st mark one of the earliest four sees: jerusalem, antioch, alexandria, and rome. It became the first and oldest church in egypt and africa, and it was named after st mark, the great apostle his apostolic acts he established the famous theological school in alexandria, egypt, where christian doctrine and many other sciences were taught. The holy, glorious and all-laudable apostle and evangelist mark is the author of the gospel of mark, the companion of the apostle paul (as recorded in the acts of the apostles), and is numbered among the seventy apostles.
Saint mark the evangelist, author of the gospel book of mark in the bible, was one of jesus christ's original 12 disciples he is the patron saint of many different topics, including lions , lawyers, notaries, opticians, pharmacists, painters, secretaries, interpreters, prisoners, and people dealing with insect bites. The history of christianity in egypt dates back verily to the beginnings of christianity itself many christians hold that christianity was brought to egypt by the apostle saint mark in the early part of the first century ad eusebius, bishop of caesarea, in his ecclesiastic history states that. From this city the apostle peter sent an epistle to the christians of asia minor, in which he calls saint mark his son (1 pet 5:13) when the apostle paul came to rome in chains, saint mark was at ephesus, where saint timothy (january 4) was bishop. Egypt is a land rich in history, blessed by our lord jesus christ himself in his infancy,during their flight from israel at the instruction of the angel, the lord visited egypt with his mother saint mary, and saint joseph naturally, egypt became their second home and a place of refuge (matthew 2:13-14. Coptic orthodoxy is the main form of christianity in egypt according to tradition, christianity was taken to egypt by the apostle mark the church belongs to the oriental orthodoxy, and the see of alexandria in coptic christianity has been a distinct church body since the council of chalcedon.
Apostle saint mark was one of christ's 70 disciples, one of the four evangelists and the traditional author of the second gospel, the book of mark. History of christianity in africa summary an earlier well-known missionary to africa was the apostle mark, who founded the first church in alexandria, egypt, in 65 ac the first members of this church were jews and greeks, but as time the growth of christianity in egypt came to an end and was later reversed when the islamic. Saint mark and alexandria saint mark saint mark the evangelist, one of the seventy disciples, and the writer of one of the four gospels, was born in libya three years after the birth of christ. Christianity honors its greatest members by making them saints, and what follows is a collection of egyptian saints that were instrumental in the growth of christianity in egypt saint mark is credited with writing the oldest of the four canonical gospels.
The egyptian church claims mark as its founder, and, from the 4th century ad, the see of alexandria has been called cathedra marci (“the chair of mark”) other places attributing their origin to mark are the italian cities of aquileia and venice , of which he is the patron saint. Saint mark the evangelist icon from the royal gates of the central iconostasis of the kazan cathedral in saint petersburg, 1804 an icon of saint mark the evangelist, 1657 coptic icon of relics of saint mark to egypt. Coptic orthodox christianity is the indigenous form of christianity that, according to tradition, the apostle mark established in egypt in the middle of the 1st century ad (approximately 42) the church belongs to the oriental orthodoxy, and the see of alexandria in coptic christianity has been. The history of christianity in egypt dates back verily to the beginnings of christianity itself many christians hold that christianity was brought to egypt by the apostle saint mark in the early part of the first century ad.
The coptic film, st mark the apostle was blessed by the coptic orthodox patriarchate with the introduction by hh pope shenouda iii, the 117th pope of alexandria and patriarch of the see of st. Although largely unknown to the rest of the world, coptic orthodox church of alexandria has a large following in egypt, the middle east and northeast africa, which traces its history to saint mark the apostle himself as the church was established around 42 ad. Saint mark's coptic orthodox cathedral is certainly part of egypt's history and, we were told it's the first church in egypt it is a pretty church and if you have time it's worth a stop.