Monday, October 18, 2010

The Holy Apostle Luke the Evangelist

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Luke is numbered among the 70 Apostles of Christ. He was born in Antioch of Syria where he practiced medicine. He is also the first iconographer. St. Luke wrote the first icon of the Most Holy Theotokos called Directress. He saw the Lord face to face in Jerusalem. Following Pentecost he became St. Paul's faithful companion and friend. He is the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He later preached the gospel in Italy, Dalmatia, Macedonia, and Greece where he was hanged from an olive tree in the town of Thebes in Beothia. He is remembered by the Church on October 18.

Troparion (Tone 5)
Let us praise with sacred songs the Holy Apostle Luke,
The recorder of the Joyous Gospel of Christ,
And the scribe of the Acts of the Apostles,
For his writings are a testimony of the Church of Christ:
He is the Physician of human weaknesses and infirmities.
He heals the wounds of our souls,
And constantly intercedes for our salvation!

Kontakion (Tone 4)
You became a disciple of God the Word,
With Paul you enlightened all the world,
Casting out its darkness by composing the Holy Gospel of Christ.

Kontakion (Tone 2)
Let us praise the godly Luke:
He is the true preacher of piety,
The orator of ineffable mysteries
And the star of the Church,
For the Word who alone knows the hearts of men,
Chose him, with the wise Paul, to be a teacher of the gentiles!

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