October 18: St Luke the Evangelist

St Luke the Evangelist was a Greek-speaking Syrian physician who lived in the Greek city of Antioch in Ancient Syria. 

He is mentioned in various of St Paul’s epistles and was by profession a physician. He had become a disciple of the apostle Paul and later followed Paul until Paul's martyrdom.

St Luke states at the beginning of the Gospel he wrote that he was not an eyewitness to the events of the Gospel.

He reputedly died at the age of 84 years in Boeotia.  His tomb was located in Thebes (Greece), from whence his relics were transferred to Constantinople in the year 357.

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