Tue 18 Oct, 2011
Tags: Adoration Chapel, Benedictine Sisters, Feast of St. Luke, Patron saint of doctors, Prayer
St. Luke in stained glass, which appears in our Adoration Chapel in Clyde
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Luke, a writer of the Gospel. He was also a physician and wrote many of the New Testament parables, including the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, and is credited with authoring the Scriptural text of the Hail Mary.
As the patron saint of doctors, prayers to St. Luke often focus on healing:
Most charming and saintly Physician, you were animated by the heavenly spirit of love. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also showed his divinity and his genuine compassion for all human beings. Inspire our physicians with your professionalism. And with divine compassion for their patients, enable them to cure the ills of both body and spirit that afflict so many of our day. Amen.