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[[Image:Luke_first_icon.jpg|right|frame|Apostle and Evangelist Luke, the first iconographer]]
 
The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle and Evangelist Luke''' is the [[evangelist|author]] of the [[Gospel of Luke]], the companion of the Apostle Paul ([[Book of Philemon|Phil]] 1:24, [[II Timothy|2 Tim]] 4:10-11), and is numbered among the [[Apostles#The Seventy|Seventy Apostles]]. He was a native of Syrian [[Church of Antioch|Antioch]] and a physician, and is the founder of [[iconography]].
::—[http://www.goarch.org/en/chapel/learntochant/paraklesis.asp The Service of the Small Paraklesis] ([[GOARCH]])
==The olive tree is still living to the right side of the cemetery in Thebes. On the right side of the sanctuary of this church is tthe roman sarcophagus where the body Relics of St. Luke had been placed. This tomb belonged to a Roman family of the 2nd-century BC but later on it was emptied and the Christians of Thebes used it as "honour" for St. Luke's relic since it was a majestic tomb.  The tomb works miracles even today. In [[December 22]], 1997 at 1.30pm myrrh appeared on the tomb's marble and since then the interior of the marble sarcophagus is fragrant.==
His [[miracle]]-working relics were transported to Constantinople during the 4th-century, under the reign of Emperor Constantius (357AD), the son of Constantine. In 1204, the Crusadors of the IV Crusade stole the relic from Constantinople and transported it to Padova in Italy and it is still located there in the Catholic church of Santa Justina at the centre of the city.
 
In 1992, the then Metropolitan Ieronymos of Thebes and Levathia (currently the Archbishop of Greece) requested the return of a "a significant fragment of the relics of St. Luke to be placed on the site where the holy tomb of the Evangelist is located and venerated today". This prompted a scientific investigation of the relics in Padua, and by numerous lines of empirical evidence confirmed that these were the remains of an individual of Syrian descent who died between 130 and 400 A.D. The Bishop of Padua then delivered to Metropolitan Ieronymos the rib of St. Luke that was closest to his heart to be kept at his tomb in Thebes, Greece. [http://www.traces-cl.com/archive/2000/novembre/luca.htm]
 
The tomb works miracles even today. In [[December 22]], 1997 at 1.30pm myrrh appeared on the tomb's marble and since then the interior of the marble sarcophagus is fragrant.The olive tree is still living to the right side of the cemetery in Thebes. On the right side of the sanctuary of this church is tthe roman sarcophagus where the body of St. Luke had been placed. This tomb belonged to a Roman family of the 2nd-century BC but later on it was emptied and the Christians of Thebes used it as "honour" for St. Luke's relic since it was a majestic tomb.
==Hymns==
[[Category:Biblical Saints|Luke]]
[[Category:Seventy Apostles|Luke]]
[[Category:Iconographers|Luke]]
[[Category:Martyrs|Luke]]
[[Category:Saints|Luke]]
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[[ro:Apostolul Luca]]

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