Vratsa is one of the cities that will welcome fragments of the relics of one of the most revered saints who shone in the 20th century – Saint Luke of Simferopol (Voino-Yasenetski) and the faithful will be able to worship them on September 4 and 5 announced by the Vrachan Metropolis, BTA reports.
The holy things were brought to us by the Argolid Metropolitan Nectarius and will arrive in Vratsa with his blessing and at the request of the Vratsa Metropolitan Grigoriy, the announcement adds.
The holy relics will be brought to the city by Metropolitan Daniil of Vidin on September 4 (Sunday) and at 5:00 p.m. they will be solemnly welcomed in the metropolitan church “St. Nicholas of Mirliki”. Vespers will be celebrated in the church by Metropolitan Gregory of Vratsa and Metropolitan Daniil, immediately after the solemn reception of the relics of St. Luke of Simferopol. On September 5 (Monday) at 8:00 a.m., a matins will be celebrated by the two bishops in the metropolitan church.
Worship before the relics will begin after their arrival at St. Nicholas Church on Saturday and will continue as long as there are people willing to pray before them. The next day it will continue from morning to 4:00 pm in the same temple.
Saint Luke (Valentin Feliksovich Voyno-Yasenetsky) was born on April 27, 1877. He is a surgeon, scientist, author of works on anesthesiology, doctor of medical sciences, professor of medicine, heads the department of operative surgery and topographic anatomy at the Turkestan State University. In addition, he is a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, a doctor of theology and spiritual writer, a talented doctor and preacher. Archbishop Luka became a bishop in the most difficult times for the Russian Orthodox Church, in the era of cruel repression and persecution, and although he was a renowned surgeon and scientist, he suffered severe persecution by the Soviet authorities, spending 11 years in exile. He left this world in 1961 and soon many healings began to happen at his grave. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church counted Luka Simferopolsky (Voino-Yasenetsky) among the Russian saints. His relics are kept in the cathedral in Simferopol.