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St Luke the Evangelist

stluke 250Feast 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.