The International Order of St. Luke the Physician

OSL LogotypeThe International Order of St. Luke the Physician

   Known by many as OSL, The International Order of St. Luke the Physician is an ecumenical organization dedicated to the Christian healing ministry. We are clergy, health professionals and lay people who believe healing is an essential part of the teaching and practice of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are an interdenominational Christian order of faith, prayer and service, with members throughout the world.

   OSL was founded in 1932 by the late John Gayner Banks and his wife, Ethel Tulloch Banks. Their vision was to form a fellowship of people interested in sharing experiences of Jesus’ healing ministry, based on the four Gospels of Jesus Christ. This vision was one of inclusion, inviting Christians from around the world to join them. Today, we have members in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and India. In 1953, The International Order of St. Luke the Physician was incorporated in the state of California.

 

OSL Members Believe……

    • God’s desire for us is wholeness and health.
    • Healing was an important part of Christ’s ministry and is intended to be a part
    • God works through humans to do His healing. We must make ourselves fit and willing vessels.
    • Christian healing is accomplished through faith in Christ and through subjecting
    • God uses many avenues for healing (spiritual, medical and social) and each should be supportive of the other.
    • Jesus Christ lives today and He still possesses all power on earth as he does in heaven.
    • The revival of Christian healing in churches today could be the means of the greatest advance of Christianity in this century.

 

Motto and Cross

   Blue is the color of healing. The emblem of OSL is a cross within a circle, which together make an acrostic. The motto, in Latin is:

JESU ESTO MIHI JESUS-DUX-LUX-REX-LEX

   And roughly translated means, “O Jesus, be to me my Savior (Healer), my Leader, my Light, my King, and my Law.” According to tradition, this cross was found in the catacombs of Domitillain Rome during the second century. It is the prayer of a Roman officer, who as the story was told, lost his wife-his guide and inspiration. He felt the light of his life had been extinguished. Restless and distraught, he wandered this way and that. Then he heard the Glad Tidings of the Christian Gospel and found in the catacombs this prayer inscribed on the wall. He accepted Christ and made the prayer the Rule of his life. The light of Christ shone into his life with healing and integration. He lived a long and useful life thereafter.

   Life’s greatest adventure awaits you when Jesus Christ becomes your Leader, Light, King, Law and Savior-Healer.

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