Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FEAST OF ST LUKE THE EVANGELIST


(LatinLūcāsAncient GreekΛουκςLoukãsHebrewלוקאס‎‎, LūqāsAramaicלוקא‏‎‎, Lūqā’‎) is one of the Four Evangelists—the four traditionally ascribed authors of the canonical Gospels. The early church fathersascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel according to Luke and the book of Acts of the Apostles, which would mean Luke contributed over a quarter of the text of the New Testament, more than any other author. The New Testament mentions Luke briefly a few times, and the Pauline epistle to the Colossians refers to him as a physician (from Greek for 'one who heals'); thus he is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul. Christians since the faith's early years have regarded him as a saint. He is believed to have been a martyr, reportedly as having been hanged from an olive tree, though some believe otherwise.
The Roman Catholic Church and other major denominations venerate him as Saint Luke the Evangelist and as a patron saint of artistsphysiciansbachelorssurgeonsstudents and butchers; his feast day takes place on 18 October.