Mark Christopher Brandt has been a Catholic in Good Standing at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA since he joined that parish in 1992. He has been married to Ramonie Brandt for 33 years and he is the father of three grown daughters, all of whom are devout, practicing Catholics in good standing as well. Mark has been leading the parish Rosary at All Saints on Saturday mornings before Mass since the summer of 2003. He is the author of two spiritual books which have received ecclesiastical approval from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.
A Year of Favor
Sixteen Meditational Rosaries for More Fruitful Visits with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Mark’s first published book, entitled A Year of Favor, contains 16 different meditations on the mysteries of the rosary for year round use either in personal or group recitation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It was Mark’s hope to have the first publication of these reflections coincide with the 100th year anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Ecclesiastical permission was granted in June 2017 and the first publication of this book occurred in October 2017. This book, like the rosary, is not just for Catholics but for anyone and everyone interested in deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ by means of this beautiful, fruitful, ancient Western way of meditation.
His Footsteps...Your Calvary
A Heroic but Practical Way of the Cross
Mark’s second published work, entitled His Footsteps...Your Calvary, was granted ecclesiastical permission at the same time as A Year of Favor. His Footsteps contains Mark’s personal reflections on the Stations of the Cross for deep meditation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as several shorter versions for making the traditional Way of the Cross using the stations in any church. The book also includes two versions for children, which will prove invaluable for parents, as they introduce their children to this beautiful and ancient Lenten practice.