Where the Apostle Luke Wrote His Gospel
and Celebrated the Divine Liturgy
According to Byzantine historians and the imperial chryssobull issued to the Monastery of the Great Cave (Mega Spelaion) in
Kalavryta of the Peloponnese in Greece, the Apostle Luke wrote his Gospel in this cave fifteen years after the Ascension of
Christ. The Theophilus to whom the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles is addressed is believed by many to have been
the governor of this region of Achaia. Here also the Apostle Luke celebrated the Divine Liturgy on an altar of stone and left
behind an image of the Virgin Mary which he made of wax, mastic and other substances.
This Holy Icon was discovered here by divine revelation in the fourth century by a young shepherdess named Euphrosyne from
Galata and a Monastery was established by two brothers from Thessaloniki named Symeon and Theodore. The Monastery was
destroyed by fire four times: in 840, in 1400, in 1640 and in 1934 - the Holy Icon always being saved.
The Monastery today, which is an awe-inspiring eight-story structure, is vibrant and contains many sacred relics, among
which is the miraculous Holy Icon of Panagia Speliotissa which was formed by the Holy Apostle Luke the Evangelist. The
Holy Apostle, together with the Sacred Monastery and the Holy Icon, are celebrated together annually on
Reprinted, with permission, from John Sanidopoulos's