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Talk on St Mark

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
1 Corinthians 12, 5

Talk on St Mark

About 250 people crowded into the hall at St Gabriel's High School in Bury on Tuesday night for a talk on St Mark's Gospel.

Mark's account is important because it gives a fresh perspective of Jesus's life that looks above all to the needs of the local community.

Fr Denis McBride CSsR gave an account of how the Gospel was written by Mark for "a fairly dull group of disciples". St Mark's genius, said Fr McBride, lies in his ability to get directly to the point, giving readers an almost cinematographic experience.

Emphasising how St John the Baptist opens the account as a preacher from "outside the sacred space", Fr McBride suggested that this was an attractive way to begin the portrayal of Our Lord's life.


The style of the Gospel is fit for a community coming to terms with its own identity.

The talk was organised by the diocesan Office for Evangelisation.