Feast Day: 18th October
Luke the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists and authors of Jesus Christ Gospels. Luke was born in Antioch in Syria.
In the New Testament, Luke is mentioned as a doctor, although he is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul.
Luke died at age 84 in Boeotia, his tomb was located in Thebes (Greece), from whence his relics were transferred first to Constantinople, later to Padua.
In traditional paintings, St. Luke is often accompanied by an ox or bull, usually having wings. This is his Evangelic symbol.
The relics of St. Luke are so divided: the body, in the Abbey of Santa Giustina in Padua; the head, in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague; a rib, at his tomb in Thebes.
Prayer to Saint Luke the Evangelist
Lord God, who chose Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching
and writings the mystery of your love for the poor,
grant that those who already glory in your name
may persevere as one heart and one soul and that all nations
may merit to see your salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and
reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen!
Patron Saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers.