Russian icon of the Apostle Saint Luke, XIX century, height – 53 cm.

Saint Luke was an apostle of the 70 – one of the 70 disciples of Christ whom the Lord Himself chose in the last year of His earthly life and gave them the same instructions as the twelve apostles, He sent them to preach the Gospel throughout the world. In 62 – 63 AD in Rome, the Apostle Luke wrote the Gospel, therefore he is regarded by the Church as an apostle and evangelist – the author of the canonical Gospel. The apostle Luke joined the second missionary journey of the apostle Paul. After the martyrdom of Paul, Luke left Rome and preached the sermon in Achaea, Libya, Egypt and Thebes. At the age of 85, he was crucified in the city of Thebes on an olive tree.