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Icon Of St. Luke

An icon of Holy and All-praised Apostle Philip.

The Icon

This Icon of St. Luke was given in memory Evangeline and Edward Saad for the 25th anniversary of St. Luke Parish. This Icon will be displayed in the Narthex surrounded by twelve icons of the saints of America. The icons shows St. Luke painting ( writing) the first Icon of the Theotokos. It is the wonder working Theotokos Icon of Tikhvin thought to be actually painted by St. Luke. The original of this Icon was brought to Chicago in 1949 by then Archbishop John when he fled from Russia after the World War II. It was returned to the Monastery of Tikhvin in 2004.

Feast Day - Oct. 18.

St. Luke appears in his icon his large forehead is symbolic of great wisdom. St. Luke was a man of many talents who remained a bachelor, devoting himself entirely to serving Christ. His fellow apostle, St. Paul called him the "glorious physician." St. Luke came from the city of Antioch, Syria, but was a Roman and an early convert to Christianity. In addition to being a physician, he was a missionary, an iconographer, a linguist and writer who possessed historical clarity and great _expression as seen in the Gospel and the Book of Acts which are attributed to his writings. He is the patron saint of physicians and artists.

Troparion in 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 in 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.

For information concerning the life of Apostle and Evangelist Luke please click here