Saints Cosmas & Damian were twins and early Christian martyrs born in Arabia who practised the art of healing in the seaport of Aegea (modern Ayas) in the Gulf of Issus, then in the Roman province of Syria. They accepted no payment for their services, which led them to be nicknamed “anargyroi” (The Silverless); it is said that by this, they led many to the Christian faith.

During the persecution under Diocletian, Cosmas and Damian were arrested by order of the Prefect of Cilicia, one Lysias who is otherwise unknown, who ordered them under torture to recant. However, according to legend they stayed true to their faith, enduring being hung on a cross, stoned and shot by arrows and finally suffered execution by beheading. Anthimus, Leontius and Euprepius, their younger brothers, who were inseparable from them throughout life, shared in their martyrdom.

Their most famous miraculous exploit was the grafting of a leg from a recently deceased Ethiopian to replace a patient’s ulcered leg, and was the subject of many paintings and illuminations.

Sts. Cosmas and Damian are regarded as the patrons of physicians and surgeons and are sometimes represented with medical emblems. They are invoked in the Canon of the Mass and in the Litany of the Saints.

What are said to be their skulls are venerated in the convent of the Clares in Madrid, where they have been since 1581, the gift of Maria, daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

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  1. I pray that my patrn saints (Cosmas and Damian) interceed for me concering my dearly need this point in time. May i receive a miraculous divine intervention concerning what i have been praying for. Amen

  2. Sts Cosmas & Damien, please intercede with our Blessed Mother for my wife, Barbara and our friend Pat who are suffering from serious illnesses. Amen.

  3. St Cosmas and Damian, interceed for me and all the sickness i am going through i don’t want to sick anymore i want all the illness to leave me in Jesus name i pray

  4. Heal my brother who will be seeing a physician by morning…Empower the healer with your healing power dear Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Heal my mother who have suffered alot of ailments in life…it is needless to mention what to heal for you already know by your Divine powers what i am praying for…Thank Jesus..Praise you Jesus…have Mercy Jesus of Nazareth, the wonder healer. Sts.Cosmas and Damian intercede for us…Thank you…Thank you…!!!

  5. Please be present to our cousin Les this day. He has given up hope and knows his illness will take his life soon. Please embrace him in your arms as he passes from this world into the kingdom of heaven. Hear my prayers for him which he is not able to make. Amen.

  6. Please be present to our cousin Les this day. He has given up hope and knows his illness will take his life soon. Please embrace him in your arms as he passes from this world into the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

  7. St Cosmos and St Damian please pray for my husband who will be undergoing a PET scan tomorrow to see whether the melanoma he had removed has spread elsewhere in his body.

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  9. Pray for my children, my grandchildren, my sons, their wives and all family and friends…..and a special pray…for those who have no one to pray for them……

  10. Ecce Crucem Domini!
    Fugite partes adversae!
    Vicit Leo de tribu Juda,
    Radix David! Alleluia!

    Lord God the Father Almighty, please strengthen bonds between brothers, as is evidenced in this account of the lives of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Bless my identical twin sons, and their elder brother, to be devoted to each other and united in the care for their younger sister with special needs, that I might die in the peace of Christ Crucified. Amen.

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