Mark, the Lion
The second Gospel in the canon of New Testament Scriptures is attributed to Mark. There are a few Marks mentioned in the bible, John Mark and Mark the cousin of Barnabas, and there is a strong tradition toward the writer being John Mark. The story goes that Mark was one of the 70 disciples, the son of another Mary (Mary the mother of John as in John Mark), John was his hebrew name but he was surnamed Marcus (Mark), also that he was the young man who ran from the garden of on the night Jesus was betrayed. It is believed that he travelled with the apostle Peter, and wrote down the Gospel from Peters point of view. The Gospel According to mark is the earliest of the Four Gospels in the Canon.
St. Mark is known for founding the Alexandrian church of which he was also bishop. Alexandria was one of the centers of the early christian church, along with Jerusalem, Antioch and Rome. He was martyred there in the year 68.
As mentioned in the Evangelical Symbols post, St. Mark’s symbol is that of the Lion, and in iconography of St. Mark there may be a lion in view or hiding in the scenery. The lion was a symbol of majesty and wisdom with which the Gospel of Mark is credited. In the illuminated manuscript page, you can see the winged lion sitting under the table Mark is writing the Scriptures on. The scripture is another symbol often seen with mark, seen as an open scroll or a piece of paper with writing on it or sometimes as just a book, the symbol sets him as an author of Sacred Scripture.