Metropolitan of Botswana celebrates Liturgy at Church of St. Luke of Surgeon as gratitude for miraculous healing

Veria, Greece, October 13, 2020

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On Saturday morning, October 10, Metropolitan Gennadios of Botswana of the Patriarchate of Alexandria fulfilled a personal vow.

Having undergone a miraculous operation at the hands of St. Luke of Simferopol, he traveled to Panagia Dobra Monastery in Veria, Greece, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Luke the Surgeon as a sign of gratitude, reports Romfea.

St. Luke is one of the most beloved saints throughout the Orthodox world today. He is especially venerated in Greece, where he has worked many miracles. Churches of St. Luke have also been built in Poland and Bulgaria.

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Panagia Dobra Monastery was built in the 12th century and destroyed by the Turks in the 19th. It was reformed in 1995, and in 2005, the brotherhood became acquainted with the story of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon and received a portion of his holy relics. A church was later built in his honor at the monastery after he made his presence known through a multitude of miracles.

At the end of Saturday’s service, Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veria thanked Met. Gennadios for his visit and wished for St. Luke to protect him and strengthen him in his missionary ministry.

In turn, Met. Gennadios thanked Met. Panteleimon and the fathers of the monastery for their hospitality and recounted the story of his miraculous healing, for which he came to give thanks to St. Luke and to God, fulfilling his personal vow.

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