Saint Luke

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AKA NameFeast of St. Luke, Evangelist, Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist St. Luke
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2024 DateOctober 18, 2024
2025 DateOctober 18, 2025

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The observance of Saint Luke honors Saint Luke the Evangelist, who was one of the four authors of the canonical Gospels. This day is dedicated to celebrating Saint Luke's contributions to Christianity, particularly his narrative of Christ's life, miracles, and teachings, as well as his missionary work and establishment of Christian communities. The purpose of this observance is to not only remember his life, but also to reflect on his teachings and the Christian values he promoted.

Saint Luke, author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, is believed to have been a physician, and thus, he is also revered as the patron saint of doctors, surgeons, and medical professionals. His connection to the healthcare profession holds special significance in the United States, where the healthcare industry is a major aspect of American life. In this sense, Americans are connected to Saint Luke as he serves as a reminder of the importance of compassion, empathy, and care for one's neighbor in the medical field and beyond.

The observance of Saint Luke is primarily celebrated within Christian churches and communities. During solemn feasts or church services, clergy may perform readings from the Gospel of Luke, reflect on the saint's life and work, and offer prayers for medical professionals and those in need of healing. Additionally, some hospitals and medical institutions with Christian affiliations may acknowledge this day and the significance of their patron saint. The observance of Saint Luke is celebrated on October 18th each year.

Saint Luke facts

  • The Gospel of Luke describes a popular passage referred to as the 'The Parable of the Good Samaritan'. In it a traveling man is attacked by robbers who strip and beat him. A priest and a Levite pass by without helping him. A Samaritan stops and cares for him, taking him to an inn where the Samaritan pays for his care. (Luke 10:25-37)
  • Tradition suggests that Saint Luke lived to 84 years old, and he was likely martyred, but the details of his death are unknown. Some accounts propose he might have died of natural causes.
  • According to tradition, the winged ox or bull is the symbol representing Saint Luke, signifying sacrifice, service, and strength.
  • Luke worked with the apostle Paul, and traveled with him throughout Asia Minor, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • The feast Day for St. Luke is held on October 18 in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox Church and some Protestant churches. The Orthodox church refer to this day as the Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke.

Top things to do in the US for this religious observance

  • Some traditions believe that St. Luke, in addition to being a writer and physician, was a painter. Do a little artwork today to honor the saint.
  • Go get a check up. Luke was a physician. Take care of your body in honor of St. Luke.
  • Read the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke. This is the story that is most often read at Christmas time about the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Read the popular 'Parable of the Good Samaritan'. Use this to inspire you to go out of your comfort zone to help someone in need.
  • Read Saint Luke: His Life and Legacy by Clyde Kilby.

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