Today is the feast of St. Mark, one of the four Evangelists. I had planned to do a post about how the evangelists came to be symbolized — Mark as a lion, John as an eagle, Matthew as a man, and Luke as an ox.

Alas, Fr. Ryan Erlenbush has beaten me to it:

And as for the likeness of their faces: there was the face of a man, and the face of a lion on the right side of all the four: and the face of an ox, on the left side of all the four: and the face of an eagle over all the four. (Ezekiel 1:10)

Art and Liturgy - Winged Lion West Facade St Mark basilica Venice Italy

Read it all here:

Who was St Mark? And why is he pictured as a lion? @ New Theological Movement


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Featured image: Piazza San Marco in Venice

Winged lion photo by © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.5,