Meditating on the Feast of the Holy, Glorious, Apostle and Evangelist Luke (Founder of Iconography)
The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist Luke is the author of the Gospel of Luke, the companion of the Apostle Paul (Phil 1:24, 2 Tim 4:10-11), and is numbered among the Seventy Apostles. He was a native of Syrian Antioch and a physician. His emblem is the calf, the third symbolical beast mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), which is a symbol of Christ's sacrificial and priestly office.
Luke was born in the Hellenistic city of Antioch and was extremally educated. His studies included Greek philosophy, medicine, and art. He painted three icons of the Theotokos and others of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. For this reason, St. Luke is considered the founder of Christian iconography.
This feast offers us an opportunity to meditate (prayer of the mind) on the following:
Do I educate myself in the faith?
Do I seek the intecession of St. Luke?
Do I have any icons?
Do they help me concentrate my prayer?