Translation of relics of Holy Luke in Patras

Translation of relics of Holy Luke in Patras

On 1 and 2 April the relics of Saint Luke of Crimea were translated from Simferopol Convent of Holy Trinity to the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow. At least 50 thousand believers came there to worship and to pray.

Saint Luke is one of the most worshiped Saints in Crimea. In fact, he is seen as our contemporary. Luke lived in XX century (he died in 1961). He was famous as archbishop and surgeon who never gave up his work no matter what. Luke (Valentine Voino-Yasenetsky is his secular name) is the author of “Notes about purulent surgery” which was very popular among colleagues-doctors and was also awarded with the Stalin Prize. By the way, this book is still in demand! The Saint had to operate on his patients in different circumstances: in Stolypin trains, in prison. Luke survived the repressions, three exiles and prison. It was a miracle that he avoided execution and death from diseases, cold and hardships.

On 2 April 2016 the shrine with the relics was delivered to the Greek town of Patras from Moscow by a special flight. This trip was made possible thanks to the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called.