The icon of St. Luke (Bishop of Crimea) is especially revered in the Orthodox world. Many believing Christians say warm and sincere prayers before the image of the saint. Saint Luke always hears requests addressed to him: through the prayer of believers, great miracles are performed every day - many people gain deliverance from various mental and physical ailments.
The relics of Luke of Crimea nowadays show various healings, testifying to the great spiritual strength of the saint. To worship the shrine, many Christians come to Simferopol from different cities of the world.
The icon of St. Luke is intended to remind people of the life of a great man, fearlessly following in the footsteps of the Savior, who embodied the example of the Christian feat of bearing the cross of life.
On the icons, Saint Luke Voino-Yasenetsky is depicted in archbishop's vestments with a raised blessing right hand. You can also see the image of the saint sitting at the table over an open book, in the works of scientific activity, which reminds believing Christians of fragments of the biography of the saint. There are icons depicting a saint with a cross in his right hand and the Gospel in his left. Some icon painters present Saint Luke with medical instruments, recalling his life's work.
The icon of St. Luke has great reverence among the people - its significance for believing Christians is very great! Like St. Nicholas, Bishop Luke became a Russian miracle worker, coming to the aid in all life's difficulties.
Nowadays, the icon of St. Luke is found in almost every home. This is primarily due to the great faith of the people in the miraculous help of a saint who is able to heal any disease by faith. Many Christians turn to the great saint in prayer for deliverance from various ailments.
The young years of Archbishop Luke Voino-Yasenetsky
Saint Luke, Bishop of Crimea (in the world - Valentin Feliksovich Voino-Yasenetsky), was born in Kerch on April 27, 1877. From childhood he was interested in painting, attending a drawing school, where he demonstrated considerable success. At the end of the gymnasium course, the future saint entered the university at the Faculty of Law, but a year later he stopped his studies, leaving the educational institution. Then he tried to study at the Munich School of Painting, however, in this area, the young man did not find his calling.
Striving with all his heart to benefit his neighbors, Valentin decided to enter the University of Kiev at the Faculty of Medicine. From the first years of studies, he became interested in anatomy. After graduating from an educational institution with honors and receiving the specialty of a surgeon, the future saint immediately began practical medical activity, mainly in eye surgery.
In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War began. V.F. Voino-Yasenetsky went to the Far East as a volunteer. In Chita, he worked at the Red Cross Hospital, where he conducted practical medical activities. As head of the surgical department, he successfully operated on wounded soldiers. Soon the young doctor met his future wife, Anna Vasilievna, who worked as a nurse in the hospital. They had four children in the marriage.
From 1905 to 1910, the future saint worked in various district hospitals, where he had to conduct a wide variety of medical activities. At this time, the widespread use of general anesthesia began, but the necessary equipment and specialists - anesthesiologists were not enough to perform operations under general anesthesia. Interested in alternative methods of pain relief, the young doctor discovered a new method of anesthesia for the sciatic nerve. Subsequently, he presented his research in the form of a dissertation, which he successfully defended.
In 1910, the young family moved to the city of Pereslavl-Zalessky, where the future Saint Luke worked in extremely difficult conditions, performing several operations every day. Soon he decided to study purulent surgery and began to actively work on writing a dissertation.
In 1917, terrible upheavals began in the fatherland - political instability, widespread betrayal, the beginning of a bloody revolution. In addition, the spouse of the young surgeon falls ill with tuberculosis. The family moves to the city of Tashkent. Here Valentin Feliksovich holds the post of head of the surgical department of a local hospital. In 1918, the Tashkent State University was opened, where the doctor teaches topographic anatomy and surgery.
During the civil war, the surgeon lived in Tashkent, where he devoted all his strength to healing, performing several operations every day. During his work, the future saint always fervently prayed to God for help in accomplishing the work of saving human lives. There was always an icon in the operating room, and an icon lamp hung in front of it. The doctor had a pious custom: before the operation, he always applied to the icons, then lit the lamp, performed a prayer, and only then got down to business. The doctor was distinguished by deep faith and religiosity, which led him to the decision to take the priesthood.
Health A.V. Voino-Yasenetskaya began to deteriorate - she died in 1918, leaving four small children in the care of her husband. After the death of his wife, the future saint began to participate even more actively in church life, visiting churches in Tashkent. In 1921, Valentin Feliksovich was ordained a deacon, and then a priest. Father Valentine became the rector of the church, in which he always very lively and zealously preached the Word of God. Many colleagues treated his religious convictions with undisguised irony, believing that the scientific activity of a successful surgeon with the adoption of the dignity came to an end completely.
In 1923, Father Valentin took monastic vows with the new name Luke, and soon put on the episcopal dignity, which caused a violent negative reaction from the Tashkent authorities. After some time, the saint was arrested and imprisoned. A long period of links began.
Ten years in captivity
For two months after his arrest, the future Saint Luke of Crimea was in the prison of Tashkent. Then he was transported to Moscow, where a significant meeting of the saint with Patriarch Tikhon, imprisoned in the Donskoy monastery, took place. In the conversation, the Patriarch convinces Bishop Luca not to abandon his medical practice.
Soon the saint was summoned to the building of the KGB Cheka in Lubyanka, where he was subjected to cruel methods of interrogation. After the sentencing, Saint Luke was sent to the Butyrka prison, where he was kept in inhuman conditions for two months. Then he was transferred to the Tagansky prison (until December 1923). This was followed by a series of repressions: in the midst of a harsh winter, the saint was sent into exile in Siberia in the distant Yeniseisk. Here he was settled in the house of a local wealthy resident. The bishop was given a separate room in which he continued to carry out medical activities.
After some time, Saint Luke received permission to operate at the Yenisei hospital. In 1924, he performed the most complex and unprecedented operation to transplant a kidney from an animal to a person. As a "reward" for his labors, the local authorities sent a talented surgeon to the small village of Khaya, where Saint Luke continued his medical work, sterilizing instruments in a samovar. The saint did not lose heart - as a reminder of bearing the cross of life, an icon was always next to him.
Saint Luke of Crimea the next summer was again transferred to Yeniseisk. After a short prison sentence, he was again admitted to medical practice and to church service in a local monastery.
The Soviet authorities tried with all their might to prevent the growing popularity of the bishop-surgeon among the common people. It was decided to exile him to Turukhansk, where there were very difficult natural and weather conditions. At the local hospital, the saint received patients and continued his surgical activity, operating with a penknife, and used the patients' hair as a surgical suture material.
During this period he served in a small monastery on the banks of the Yenisei, in the church where the relics of St. Basil of Mangazey were kept. Crowds of people came to him, finding in him a true healer of body and soul. In March 1924, the saint was again summoned to Turukhansk to resume his medical activities. At the end of his term of imprisonment, the bishop returned to Tashkent, where he again assumed the duties of a bishop. The future Saint Luke of Crimea conducted medical activities at home, attracting not only the sick, but also many medical students.
In 1930, Saint Luke was arrested again. After the conviction was pronounced, the saint spent a whole year in the Tashkent prison, being subjected to all kinds of torture and interrogation. Saint Luke of Crimea endured severe trials at that time. Prayer, offered to the Lord daily, gave him spiritual and physical strength to endure all adversity.
Then it was decided to send the bishop into exile in the north of Russia. All the way to Kotlas, the escorting soldiers of the convoy mocked the saint, spat in his face, sneered and mocked.
At first, Bishop Luke worked in the Makarikha transit camp, where people who were victims of political repression were serving time. The conditions of the settlers were inhuman, many of them decided to commit suicide from despair, people suffered from massive epidemics of various diseases, and they did not receive any medical assistance. Saint Luke was soon transferred to work at the Kotlas hospital, having received permission to operate. Then the archbishop was sent to Arkhangelsk, where he remained until 1933.
"Essays on purulent surgery"
In 1933, Luka returned to his native Tashkent, where grown-up children were waiting for him. Until 1937, the saint was engaged in scientific activity in the field of purulent surgery. In 1934 he published his famous work entitled "Essays on Purulent Surgery", which is still a textbook for surgeons. The saint did not manage to publish many of his achievements, which was hampered by the next Stalinist repressions.
In 1937, the bishop was arrested again on charges of murdering people, underground counter-revolutionary activities and conspiracy to destroy Stalin. Some of his colleagues, who were arrested with him, gave false testimony against the bishop under pressure. For thirteen days, the saint was subjected to interrogation and torture. After Bishop Luke did not sign the confession, he was again subjected to conveyor interrogation.
For the next two years, he was held in Tashkent prison, periodically subjected to aggressive interrogations. In 1939 he was sentenced to exile in Siberia. In the village of Bolshaya Murta, Krasnoyarsk Territory, the bishop worked in a local hospital, operating on numerous patients in incredibly difficult conditions. The future saint, Bishop Luke of Crimea, endured the difficult months and years, full of hardships and hardships. The prayers he offered for his spiritual flock helped many believers in those difficult times.
Soon the saint sent a telegram addressed to the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet with a request for permission to operate on the wounded soldiers. Then the bishop was transferred to Krasnoyarsk and appointed chief physician of a military hospital, as well as a consultant to all regional military hospitals.
While working in the hospital, KGB officers constantly watched him, and colleagues treated him with suspicion and distrust, which was associated with his religion. He was not allowed into the hospital canteen, and therefore often suffered from hunger. Some nurses, feeling sorry for the saint, secretly brought him food.
Every day, the future Archbishop of Crimea Luka came to the railway station on his own, selecting the most seriously ill for operations. This continued until 1943, when many church political prisoners fell under the Stalinist amnesty. The future Saint Luke was appointed Bishop of Krasnoyarsk, and on February 28 he was already able to serve the first liturgy on his own.
In 1944, the saint was transferred to Tambov, where he conducted medical and religious activities, restoring destroyed churches, attracting many to the Church. They began to invite him to various scientific conferences, but they were always asked to come in secular clothes, to which Luka never agreed. In 1946 the saint received recognition. He was awarded the Stalin Prize.
Soon the health of the saint seriously deteriorated, and Bishop Luke began to see poorly. The church authorities appointed him bishop of Simferopol and Crimea. In Crimea, the bishop continues his life full of toil. Work is underway to restore the temples, Luke is receiving patients free of charge every day. In 1956 the saint became completely blind. Despite such a serious illness, he selflessly worked for the good of the Church of Christ. On June 1961, XNUMX, Saint Luke, Bishop of Crimea, peacefully departed to the Lord on the Day of the celebration of All Saints' Week.
On March 1996, XNUMX, the holy relics of Luke of Crimea were solemnly transferred to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Simferopol. In our time, they are especially revered by the inhabitants of the Crimea, as well as by all Orthodox Christians who ask for help from the great saint.
Icon "St. Luke of the Crimea"
Even during his lifetime, many Christian believers who personally knew this great man felt his holiness, which was expressed in genuine kindness and sincerity. Luke lived a hard life, full of toil, hardship and hardship.
Even after the death of the saint, many people continued to feel on themselves his invisible support. After the archbishop was canonized as an Orthodox saint in 1995, the icon of St. Luke has incessantly shown various miracles of healing from mental and physical illnesses.
Many Orthodox Christians rush to Simferopol to venerate the great Christian value - the relics of St. Luke of Crimea. Many patients are helped by the icon of St. Luke. The importance of her spiritual strength can hardly be overestimated. For some believers, help from the saint came instantly, which confirms his great intercession before God for people.
Miracles of Luke Krymsky
Today, through the sincere prayers of believers, the Lord sends healings from many diseases thanks to the intercession of St. Luke. There are known and recorded real cases of incredible deliverance from various diseases that occurred thanks to the prayer to the saint. The relics of Luke of Crimea exude great miracles.
In addition to getting rid of bodily ailments, the saint also helps in the spiritual struggle with various sinful inclinations. Some religious surgeons, deeply respecting their great colleague, following the example of the saint, always perform a prayer before surgical intervention, which helps to successfully operate even difficult patients. They are deeply convinced that this helps Saint Luke of Crimea. Prayer, from the heart, addressed to him, helps to solve even the most difficult problems.
Saint Luke miraculously helped some students to enter a medical university, thus making their cherished dream come true - to devote their lives to healing people. In addition to numerous healings from diseases, Saint Luke helps lost unbelievers to gain faith, being a spiritual guide and praying for human souls.
Many miracles are still performed by the great holy Bishop Luke of Crimea! Everyone who turns to him for help receives healings. There are cases when the saint helped pregnant women to safely bear and give birth to healthy children who are at risk according to the results of multilateral studies. Truly a great saint - Luke of the Crimea. Prayers brought by believers in front of his relics or icons will always be heard.
At the opening of the grave of Luke, the incorruption of his remains was noted. In 2002, Greek priests presented the Trinity Monastery with a silver shrine for the relics of the archbishop, in which they still rest today. The holy relics of Luke of Crimea, thanks to the prayers of believers, exude many miracles and healings. In order to venerate them, people come to the temple all the time.
After the glorification of Bishop Luke in the face of saints, his remains were transferred to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in the city of Simferopol. Often, pilgrims also call this temple: "The Church of St. Luke." However, this wonderful one is called Holy Trinity. The cathedral is located at the city of Simferopol, st. Odessa, 12.