Luke, Saint

Luke, Saint [Gr. Lucas ], traditional author of the third Gospel (see Luke, Gospel according to Saint ) and of its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles . Paul's letter to the Colossians identifies him as the beloved physician and implies that he was a Gentile. Eusebius in his Ecclesiastical History affirms the tradition that Luke accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey and on his journey to Rome. According to tradition he was a painter and died a martyr. As an evangelist his symbol is an ox. Feast: Oct. 18.

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