These two martyrs were twin brothers from Syria in Arabia. They were very famous students of science and both became excellent doctors.
Saints Cosmas and Damien saw in every patient a brother or sister in Christ. For this reason, they showed great charity to all and treated their patients to the best of their ability.
No matter how much care a patient required, neither St. Cosmas nor St. Damien ever accepted any money for their services. For this reason, they were called by a name in Greek which means “the penniless ones.”
Every chance they had, the two saints told their patients about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And because the people all loved these twin doctors, they listened to them willingly.
Saints Cosmas and Damien often brought health back to both the bodies and the souls of those who came to them for help.
When Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians began in their city, because they were so famous, the saints were arrested at once. They had never tried to hide their great love for their Christian faith.
They were tortured, but nothing could make them give up their belief in Christ. They had lived for him and had brought so many people to his love. So at last, they were put to death in the year 303. These holy martyrs are named in the First Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass.
Reflection: As we remember these two holy doctors, the Church prays today for all health care professionals, that they would follow the example of Saints Cosmas and Damien in their care for the physical and spiritual well being of others.
Prayer: May you be magnified, O Lord, by the revered memory of your Saints Cosmas and Damian, for with providence beyond words you have conferred on them everlasting glory, and on us, your unfailing help. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.