Matthew was a tax collector when summoned by Jesus. As an apostle he accompanied Jesus until the time of Jesus’ death and was a witness to his resurrection. He was also present at the Ascension. He was the author of the first book of the New Testament.
Matthew’s symbol is the man. His Gospel begins with the Jesus’ family tree, representing human nature.
St. Matthew’s feast day is September 21st
|Prayer to St. Matthew
O Glorious Saint Matthew, in your Gospel you portray Jesus as the longed-for Messiah and as the new Lawgiver who founded a Church of the New Covenant. Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus living in his Church and to follow his teachings in our lives on earth so that we may live forever with him in heaven. Amen
Mark was the author of the second book of the New Testament. His mother was of the Marys who followed Jesus, and his believers gathered and prayed at her house. This was how Mark met Jesus and became one of his disciples.
Mark’s symbol is the lion. His Gospel starts with St. John the Baptist, preaching like a roaring lion, ‘a voice crying in the wilderness’.
St. Mark’s feast day is April 25th.
|Prayer to St. Mark
O Glorious St. Mark, through the grace of God our Father, you became a great Evangelist, preaching the Good News of Christ. May you help us to know Him well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ. Amen.
Luke, a doctor by profession, was the author of the third book of the New Testament and of the Acts of the Apostles. He wrote with such sensitivity and clarity that his Gospel has been called the most beautiful book ever written.
Luke’s symbol is an ox, a sacrificial animal. His Gospel begins with the offering of Zachariah, representing Christ as sacrifice and priest.
St. Luke’s feast day is October 18th.
|Prayer to St. Luke
Almighty God, who inspired Your servant Luke the Physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of Your Son. Graciously continue in Your Church the love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of Your Name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
John, the beloved disciple, was called with his brother James as they mended their fishing nets. He wrote the fourth book of the New Testament, three New Testament letters and the Book of Revelation.
John’s symbol is an eagle, a bird that soars high. His Gospel ‘soars into the heavens’ from its beginning.
St. John’s feast day is December 27th.
|Prayer to St. John
O Glorious Saint John, you were so loved by Jesus that he left you in his place as a son to Mary. Obtain for us a devoted love for Jesus and Mary. Let us be united with them now on earth and forever after in heaven. Amen