AKATHIST Hymn to the The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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!

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist St. Luke, although a Physician, is a talented Artist and responsible to the very first Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos with our Lord as a Child. Besides that, he is known for writing the Synoptic Gospel and the Acts of the Apostle, which also makes him a Historian. 
In traditional depictions, such as paintings, evangelist portraits and church mosaics, 

St. Luke is often accompanied by an ox or bull, usually having wings. 
Also, only the symbol may be shown, especially when in a combination of those of all Four Evangelists.


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