St. Mark the founder of the Egyptian Christian church came to Egypt
around the year 50 AD to evangelize. After he preached in the
countryside of Egypt he went to Alexandria where he met a shoemaker
named Anianus whom St. mark appointed him bishop. A small Christian
community developed in Alexandria and soon Christianity prevailed in
Saint mark is believed to be the author of Gospel of Mark which is
the oldest of the four gospels known today. He was born in the
Pentapolis of North Africa where he returned after preaching in Colosse
and Rome. Christianity spread to Pentapolis from Egypt.
A few years later when mark returned to Alexandria, his enemies,
taking advantage of the Easter ceremonies held by the saint, sent armed
men who surprised and arrested him while he was celebrating Mass. The
next day, they threw a rope around his neck and dragged him over the
ground until he died.
The Christians claimed the body from the pyre and buried it with
reverence in the church they had built. Saint Mark is revered as the
founder and first martyr of the Christian Church in Egypt.