Posted by: mattcolvin | April 14, 2011

Motto of Venice

While visiting St. Mark’s Reformed Church in the suburbs of Nashville, TN this past March, my eye was caught by the nicely done logo on the front of the bulletin. It looked like this:

The motto is from a piece of medieval hagiography about the death of St. Mark, in which an angel tells the gospel-writer: “Peace to you, Mark, my evangelist.” Ever the Latin pedant, I couldn’t help but wonder about the form “Marce, evangelista meus.” Shouldn’t it all be vocative if “Marce” is? “Marce, evangelista mi”?

Pastor Thacker directed me to the historical representations of the motto. Sure enough, it’s nominative. Go figure.


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