The image shows St Mark writing his gospel, while the lion, his symbol, is shown top right. Why a lion? The imagery derives from the Apocalypse, where the lion is one of the four living creatures standing round the throne of God. They have come to be associated with the four evangelists – St Matthew as a man, St Mark as a lion, St Luke as an ox, and St John as an eagle.

St Mark is thought to be the young man running away in the garden of Gethsemane. By the time he writes his gospel, he has had time to reflect on all that he has seen. Wisdom is etched upon his face. He is believed to have taken the Gospel to Egypt, where he founded the Church of Alexandria and was its first Bishop. He was martyred there. May his Gospel inspire us to an ever-deepening imitation of Christ, his Lord, and may God bless you this day.