Saint '''Luke, Bishop of Simferopol and Crimea, the Blessed Surgeon''', was born ''Valentin Felixovich Voino-Yasenetsky'' (''Валентин Феликсович Войно-Ясенецкий, Βαλεντίν Βόϊνο-Γιασενέτσκι''), [[April 14]], 1877 and died [[June 11]], 1961.
Doctor of Medicine, Professor, and State Prize winner, since 1944 he was the Archbishop of Tambov and Michurinsk, and later of Simferopol and the Crimea. While he was serving the church as an Archbishop, he was also
practising as a surgeon and taught and published many books and articles on regional anesthesia and surgery. He is now known to be a world-famous pioneering surgeon.
In November of 1995 he was announced as a Saint by the [[Ukrainian Orthodox Church]], and was
officialy glorified by the [[Church of Russia|Patriarchate of Russia]] [[May 25]], 1996. He is commemorated by the church [[June 11]] the anniversary of his falling asleep in the Lord.
Living in the Ukraine during the oppressive period of communism, St. Luke stood out among his fellow physicians both as a surgeon and as a Christian. Even the communists coveted his talents for healing the body.
As a physician , he practised in a number of district hospitals in central Russia, serving as head physician in the Tashkent urban hospital and as a professor at Central Asia University . In the early 1920s he took vows and was ordained as a bishop. After his consecration as a Bishop he was arrested and tortured many times and sent into exile for his views and unwillingness to deny his faith in Christ. During his life he published 55 scientific works on surgery and anatomy, winning the state prize in 1946. <ref>NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory . [http://ssd . jpl. nasa. gov/sbdb. cgi?sstr=6161 6161 Vojno-Yasenetsky ( 1971 TY2) ]. </ref>
He wore his bishop's cassock in the operating room and refused to perform surgery without an icon. Through all of this St. Luke remained faithful to God to the end of his earthly life (+1961). The relics of St. Luke are kept at Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral, Holy Trinity Convent of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese. In addition, the Monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ (Sagmata) near the city of Thebes in Greece has portions of St. Luke's relics, and it has become a major pilgrimage of the Saint in Greece. He is beloved by Orthodox Christians throughout the world, and many miracles occur through his intercessions.
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