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Valentin Feliksovich VOINO-YASENETSKY - life story

V. Vojno-Yasenetskyj (April 27, 1877 – June 11, 1961)

He was born on April 27, (May 9 according to the new style) 1877 in Kerch in a large family pharmacist Phelix Stanislavovych, came from the ancient Russian noble family. At the baptism of the infant they called him Valentyn (which means "strong") in honor of the martyr Valentyn Interamskyj, received from the Lord the gift of healing, and then became a priest. Like his saint patron and he also became both a doctor and a priest.  

And the name Luke future saint was named in honor of a monk's tonsure of St. Luke - doctor and icon-painter.

This amazing man during his 84-year saved a huge amount of hopeless patients, and many of them he remembered personaly and by name. Such a "human surgery"  the lord taught his disciples too. "For the surgeon should not exist a" case ", - he said - and the only living person who suffers." For the sake of the suffering person Valentyn Feliksovych sacrificed his youth dream - to become an artist.

After graduating the gymnasium in Kiev and the School of Art during the entrance exams to the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, he suddenly decided that he has no right to do what he likes, "but must do what is useful for the suffering people," ie, medicine as it was in a great demand in the Russian hinterland.

However, he still became a painter - an "artist in anatomy and surgery," as he called himself. Having overcome an aversion to the natural sciences, Valentyn brilliantly graduated  the medical school and graduated it with honors. But  he didn’t choose the career of a scientist he became a simple healer - "peasant" doctor. Sometimes, without having special medical tools, he used a pen-knife, a quill, locksmith forceps, and instead of thread - women's hair.
                                                                                                                   
Valentyn Feliksovych Vojno-Yasenetskyj widowed in 1919 after losing his beloved wife and mother of four children. In February 1921, a terrible time of repression, when thousands of laity and priests who rejected renovationism were in prison, exile and in the camps, the surgeon Valentyn became a priest. Now he operated and read lectures to students in a cassock and a cross on his chest. Before the surgery, he prayed to the Mother of God, blessed the patient and put on the patients body the cross of iodine. When once an icon was taken out of the operating room, the surgeon did not started operations as long as one governors wife got ill and icon was back into its place. He always spoke openly about his faith: "it doesn’t matter where I am - God is everywhere." "I consider my primary responsibility everywhere to preach about Christ," – to this principle, he remained faithful to the end of his days.

In 1923, the famous surgeon took a secret monastic vows and was ordained as a bishop. He willingly and openly chosen way of the cross of martyrdom, suffering and heroism, the path of "the lamb among wolves" and he never regretted.
                                                                                                                    His wanderings in jail and exile began after the first Episcopal service in one of the In 1923, the famous surgeon took a secret monastic vows and was ordained as a bishop. He willingly and openly chosen way of the cross of martyrdom, suffering and heroism, the path of "the lamb among wolves" that have never regretted.

His wanderings in jail and exile began after the first Episcopal service in the cathedral of Tashkent, where the "black crow" imprisoned him.

He did not break under the numerous arrests,  years of Stalin's repressions and concentration camps, no 13-day interrogation  when he was not allowed to sleep. How many people have been broken in such circumstances! And he did not sign anything and did not deny priesthood. Going on such a thorny path, by his own admission, he had a feeling that he was supported and strengthened by Jesus Christ.

In Tambov diocese Bishop Luca for two years was serving in the church and worked as a surgeon in 150 hospitals. Thanks to his brilliant operations thousands of soldiers and officers returned to duty.
                                                                                                                 

In 1946, the Bishop was appointed as  a Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea. Here he  finished working over a theological work "Spirit, Soul and Body," in which attention is paid to the teaching of Scripture about the heart as an organ of knowledge of God. When in 1958 the Archbishop Luke became completely blind, he wrote to his daughter: "From the surgery I refused and humbly accepted the will of God to be blind to the death. But my episcopal service I will continue till the end."

June 11, 1961, the Feast of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land, 84-year-old Archbishop Luke went to the Lord. Three days inexhaustible stream of people came to say goodbye to beloved Archbishop. Many patients at the tomb of St. Luke received healing.

 

"It was surprising to all, before to start the operation, Vojno-Yasenetskyj made a cross, made a cross over his assistant, scrub nurse and the patient. he always did it, regardless of nationality or patient religion. Once after such ritual the patient - an ethnic Tatar - said to the surgeon, "I'm a Muslim. Why do you do this?" The answer was: "Although religion is different, but God is one. All are united under God"