St. Luke was a first century native of Syrian Antioch, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul, a physician enlightened in the medical arts and was one of the Seventy Apostles. After the Resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Sts. Luke and Cleopas on the road to Emmaus where He revealed Himself to the saints. The Apostle Luke took part in the second missionary journey of the Apostle Paul, and from that time they were inseparable. After the deaths of Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Luke left Rome to preach in Achaia, Libya, Egypt and the Thebaid. In the city of Thebes, he finished his life in martyrdom. Tradition ascribes the painting of the first icons of the Mother of God to St. Luke as well as icons of the First-Ranked Apostles Peter and Paul. The Gospel of St. Luke was written in the years 62-63 A.D. at Rome, under the guidance of the Apostle Paul. The Holy Apostle also wrote in the same years the Acts of the Holy Apostles. St. Luke is commemorated on October 18.
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