Today is the feast of St. Luke, the evangelist. Luke was a Greek physician, sculptor and painter. He journeyed with St. Paul as an evangelist, and visited Paul frequently during his imprisonments. After St. Paul's death, he wrote one of the four gospels, the one that tends to be the most Marian in content.
Tradition has it that St. Luke, a known painter/iconographer, painted miraculous paintings of the Madonna and Child (including the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa). I've always thought it cool that the first iconographer's feast day is the day after the birthday of my brother Paul, who is also an amazing artist.
Today, we'll get out acrylic paint and paint some icons of our own ....
St. Luke, evangelist and iconographer, pray for us!
BTW, the painting I used for the prayer card above is by an Italian painter named Guercino (1591-1666). Here's a link to a beautiful post from 2008, written by Fr. Mark (prior of the Diocesan Benedictine monastery in Tulsa, Oklahoma) on his Vultus Christi blog. What a wonderful, relaxing blog to read!