Bulgarian Diocese receives relics of St. Luke of Crimea

Lovech, Bulgaria, November 23, 2022

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The Lovech Diocese of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church was blessed to receive a portion of the relics of St. Luke of Crimea, popularly known as the “Blessed Surgeon,” this weekend.

St. Luke was a doctor and hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church under the communist yoke. He reposed in 1961, and since then, his veneration has spread throughout the entire Orthodox world. He is known today as a great wonderworker.

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The relics were given to His Eminence Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech by His Grace Bishop Zion of Velichka and Hieromonk Stefan of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Troyan, Bulgaria, following the Divine Liturgy at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral in Lovech on Sunday, the diocese reports.

Met. Gabriel expressed his heartfelt thanks for the priceless gift and “the opportunity to pray more diligently to the newly appeared great saint of Christ, the sufferer and miracle worker.”

The relics of St. Luke will remain in the Diocese of Lovech, to be brought out on feast days in churches throughout the diocese.

Relics of St. Luke were also gifted to the Bulgarian Church in Sofia in October 2016. In April 2019, OrthoChristian reported that a church dedicated to St. Luke was being built in northeastern Bulgaria.

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