Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Simferopel

Feast Day: June 11th

The Life of Saint Luke: Valentine would also refuse to perform an operation without first Praying before an Icon of the Theotokos in the operating room, and then signing the patient with iodine in the Sign of the Cross…


A movie about the life of Saint Luke



Troparion: O herald of the way of Salvation, Confessor and Archpastor of the Crimean flock, faithful keeper of the Traditions of the Fathers, unshakeable pillar and teacher of Orthodoxy, Pray unceasingly to Christ Our Saviour to grant Salvation and strong faith to Orthodox Christians, O Holy Hierarch Luke, Physician wise in God.

Apolytikion: O Physician and Shepherd, let us all honour Luke, as Simferopol’s Shepherd and a radiant Archpriest, who bore Christ’s Divine marks, exiles, dangers, being locked within prisons, tribulations and persecution, for in the last days has shown forth, in Russia a new Saint.


A Prayer of the Sick to Saint Luke: O Holy Hierarch, Confessor, teacher of the Truth and Unmercenary Physician Luke, we bend the knees of our Souls and bodies and fall before your precious and healing Relics, and we entreat you, as children to their father. Hearken unto us sinners, O precious father, and present our entreaty to the Merciful God Who loves mankind, for you are before Him with all the Saints. We believe that you love us for with this love you loved your brothers during your Earthly life.

For using the art of medicine, you healed all manner of illnesses of the sick, with the help of Grace. And after your Sacred Repose, the Master of All showed your Grace-flowing Relics to be a spring of healing. For various diseases are healed, and power is granted to those who piously embrace them and entreat your Divine intercession.

Therefore we entreat you and fervently ask of you, who were granted the Grace of healing: visit and heal our sick and terribly needy brother/sister/brethren (Name) from his/her/their continuing sickness.

All-precious and Most-Holy Father Luke, the steady hope of the sick and troubled, do not neglect to grant our brother/sister/brethren (Name) healing and all good things.

That we might with you Glorify the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the One Godhead and Kingdom, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Saint Luke helped so many people while he was alive, and he continues today to help everyone who Prays to him. Saint Luke is one of the Holy Unmercenary Saints.

“Courage, courage; gaze high and you will see the Lord, when you weep, when you seek with longing, when you bleed, then you will see how He stretched out His Beloved and Comforting hand with a Crown.”



Icons and Photos


Saint Luke in Icons with other Saints

Quotes by Saint Luke

Now we do not understand their meaning, but later we will understand them. Now we sense that we are treated unjustly and cursed. Later we will understand that from everything we would have an awesome benefit: a humble mind.

Do not be troubled, do not mourn more than is right, because thus you give rights to the evil one to hit you with strength.

Remember, remember my beloved child, that all of the happenings of our life are part of the utterly unknown economy of God.

Do not leave the Church, do not rip the Robe of Christ. Remember that Christ in his Prayer at Gethsemane, the Hierarchical Prayer, begged His Father, saying: “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17: 21). The Lord wants unity of the Church. The dissenters, the schismatics, who find errors in the teaching of the Church, are removed from it and believe they will find salvation in their heretical organizations. But do you know what the great Saints said about people who tear the Tunic of Christ? Saint Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, said that people who leave the Church and do not have communion with it even if they become Martyrs, even with their blood, will not be cleansed of their sin because this grievous sin of dividing the Church cannot even be cleaned with shedding of blood. And the Holy Martyr Ignatius the God-bearer said that he who causes schism in the Church will not inherit the Kingdom of God.