Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. Cosmas and St. Damian, Martyrs for Christ

Sts Cosmas and Damian Martyrs

St. Cosmas and St. Damian
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(CNA) Cosmas and Damain were twins born in 3rd century Arabia into a Christian family and grew up in the region around the border between what’s now modern day Turkey and Syria, both became Physicians and according to EWTN attained a great reputation, charging nothing for their medical services, called ‘Anargyros’ and thus were able to win many souls for Christ, earning them a place of prominence in the Christian communities.

When the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian (from around 284 to 305 — see also: Feast of Saint Januarius Feast Day:19 September) the ‘Perfect Lysias’ had Cosmas and Damian arrested and ordered them to deny their faith in Christ, when they refused, they were repeatedly tortured but in a miraculous manner would suffer no injuries from either water, fire, air or crucifixion. Their Torturers weary of what they realized would be an impossible task, finally beheaded the brothers. — In Rome, Pope Felix IV (526-530) erected a Church in their honor.

Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian are invoked in the Canon of the Mass and the Litany of Saints.

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