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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
St. Luke the Evangelist
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Feast (1969 Calendar): October 18
Double of the II Class (1955 Calendar): October 18

Today is the feast day of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians, surgeons, goldsmiths, painters, bachelors to name a few. He wrote the Gospel according to St. Luke and the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible. His name literally translates to "bringer of the light". According to tradition, he also painted the first icon.

St. Luke was born a pagan in Antioch in c. 74 and possibly was a slave. He was one of the first converts. St. Luke met St. Paul at Troas and evangelized Greece and Rome with him. During Paul's two years in prison, St. Luke stayed in Rome. St. Luke died a martyr.

"According to tradition he was an artist, as well as a man of letters; and with a soul alive to all the most delicate inspirations, he consecrated his pencil to the holiest use, and handed down to us the features of the Mother of God. It was an illustration worthy of the Gospel which relates to the divine Infancy; and it won for the artist a new title to the gratitude of those who never saw Jesus and Mary in the flesh. Hence St. Luke is the patron of Christian art."- Excerpted from The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.

Things to Do (Excerpted from Catholic Culture):
  • Read the Acts of the Apostles. St. Luke accompanied St. Paul on his missionary journeys — we could spiritually adopt a missionary and accompany him or her with our prayers.
  • St. Luke depicted Mary vividly in words. Learn and pray the three precious canticles preserved for us by him — the Benedictus, the Magnificat, and the Nunc Dimittis.
  • Pray for doctors and those who care for the sick through the intercession of St. Luke, patron of physicians.
  • Foods this day to honor St. Luke would include some beef dish, as he is the patron of butchers. So perhaps a nice cut of steak would be in order? For dessert, bake some raisin Banbury Tarts to evoke the festivals of England on this day, or a cake in the shape of a book with decorations of a calf or ox for this evangelist.
  • Today is also known as "Sour Cakes Day" in Scotland, because baked cakes were eaten with sour cream in Rutherglen.
  • This day is also "St. Luke's Little Summer," a period of summerlike days that occur around October 18 (like the term "Indian Summer," which officially occurs between Nov 11-20), named to honor the saint's feast day. In the past, St. Luke's Day was not observed by the secular world as much as St. John the Baptist's Day (June 24) and Michaelmas (September 29), so to keep in the forefront, St. Luke gives us some golden days before the cold of winter.
Prayer:

Let holy Luke, Thine Evangelist, we beseech Thee, O Lord, intercede for us, who for the glory of Thy name ever bore in his body the mortification of the cross. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

Image Source: Believed to be in the public domain

4 comments:

del_button October 18, 2005 at 5:22 PM
ukok said...

I love Feast Days! Today's is extra special :)

del_button June 15, 2009 at 5:11 AM
Anonymous said...

this does not tell you any thing about what his feast day is called or why it is even held!!!

del_button June 15, 2009 at 7:32 AM
Matthew said...

His feastday is called the Feastday of St. Luke, as is the case with all saints' feastdays. And, it is held for the purpose of honoring the saint and glorifying God, as is the case with all saints.

del_button October 9, 2009 at 8:27 AM
Anonymous said...

this told me nothing about his feast day

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