Feast Day of Saints Cosmas and DamianPhysicians and Martyrs
Saints Cosmas and Damian (Died c 286) Martyrs, Twin brothers and Physicians, Apostles of Charity, Evangelists – born in the 3rd century, of Arabic descent and died by being tortured, without suffering any injury and finally they were beheaded c 286 in Aegea, Cilicia (modern Ayas, Turkey).They practised their profession in the seaport of Aegeae, then in the Roman province of Syria.Patrons of surgeons, physicians, dentists, protectors of children, barbers, pharmacists, veterinarians, orphanages, day-care centres, confectioners, children in house, against hernia, against the plague, midwives, Alberobello, Italy, Ossimo, Italy.
Their charity and Christian witness won many converts to the faith and earned them a place of prominence in the Christian communities of Asia Minor.Therefore, when the Diocletian persecutions began in the latter half of the third century they were of some of the first to be sought out for execution.
Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers, born in Arabia, who went to Syria to study and practice medicine.But they were concerned about more than healing bodies. They brought their belief in Christ to those to whom they ministered.Not only that but they also served people without charging any fees.Lysias, the governor of Celicia, heard about these two brothers and he summoned them before him. When Cosmas and Damian proclaimed they were Christians, Lysias had them tortured and finally beheaded.
Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for us.