Saint Luke the Evangelist, Apostle of the 70, Iconographer, Physician & Bishop

Feast Day: October 18th

& January 4th, Synaxis of the Holy 70 Apostles

& June 20th, Translation of his Holy Relics

& April 22nd

& October 17th, The Holy Unmercenaries


The Life of Saint Luke: He painted an Image of the Holy Mother of God in her Earthly lifetime. The All Holy Virgin praised this representation and said, “May the Grace of Him Who was born of me be upon this Image.” …

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Prayers

Apolytikion: Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede with our Merciful God, that He may grant to our Souls the forgiveness of our sins.

Kontakion: Let us praise Divine Luke, the star of the Church, herald of piety and proclaimer of Mysteries; for the Word Who alone knows the secrets of hearts, has chosen him with Paul, as a teacher of the Nations.

Megalynarion: O Luke, discourser of God, blessed is thy right hand, for by it two Sacred Writings of the Word of God were recorded for us, the faithful, together with the august Icon of the Mother of God.

Hymn: Rejoice, thou who alone, rejoicing, hast recorded for us the Archangel’s greeting to the pure one: Rejoice!, and the Baptist calling her, from his mother’s womb, the Bearer of the Lord, and his conception and the Incarnation of the Word, His temptations and Miracles, words and sufferings, His Cross, death and arising, and His issuing forth, which thou didst behold; and the descent of the Spirit, whose companion thou wast, as well as a physician and initiate of the Mysteries and a luminary of the Church, which do thou preserve forever.

Thou ever raisest man upon the wings of the love for God.

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Hymn of Praise by Saint Nikolai Velimirovich: The Divine Luke, both wise and learned, was tortured willingly for the Lord. He could have avoided mockery and torture, but the world would not have had the great Luke. The young Luke beheld God’s Truth and surrendered his heart to the Son of God. He hearkened to the Teacher, beheld the Wonderworker, and in Him he recognised the Immortal Creator. He beheld the Resurrected One, and spoke with Him, and worked Miracles in His Name. Christ became his only joy, and Luke sacrificed his mind, wealth and youth to Him. When Luke became old, he was young in Christ, and gave to the world what he received from the Lord. And when he had given the world all he could give, then the world, fulfilling the Scripture, repaid him with contempt. From an old olive tree the aged Luke hung, with a smile on his face and his arms folded crosswise. And the hand of Christ came down from Heaven and received the Soul of His Evangelist. Now, in radiant Paradise with the other Apostles, Saint Luke Prays for the Holy Church.



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