SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST

died 82

He was probably among the first non-Jews to adopt Christianity. He wrote the Gospel According to Luke and Acts of Apostles. Not much is known about his life. He came from Antioch where he met Saint Paul and became his follower, travelling with him. It is assumed that Luke was a doctor because Paul calls him 'the beloved physician'. He followed Paul to Rome and was imprisoned with him. In 82, was martyred in Thebes (Greece).

It is traditionally assumed that the details of Jesus's childhood and the story of Holy Virgin Mary told by Luke in his Gospel were told by Mary herself. According to the legend, Saint Luke also was the first Christian painter to depict the Virgin on a top of a wooden table. He is a patron saint of the painters.

Attributes: winged bull, holding the Gospel.