September 26 - (STS. COSMAS AND DAMIAN) (Feast Day: September 26) (Patron Saints of: Barbers, Pharmacists, Physicians, Surgeons) (Martyrs):
(Feast Day: September 26)
Saints Cosmas and Damian
(Patron Saints of: Barbers, Pharmacists, Physicians, and Surgeons)
Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in Arabia, who had become eminent for their skill in the science of medicine. Being Christians, they were filled with the spirit of charity and never took money for their services. At Egaea in Cilicia, where they lived, they enjoyed the highest esteem of the people. When the persecution under Diocletian broke out, their very prominence rendered them marked objects of persecution. Being apprehended by order of Lysias, governor of Cilicia, they underwent various torments about the year 283. Their feast day is September 26th. They are patron saints of pharmacists.
brother of Saint Damian. Physician, trained in Syria; the brothers accepted no
payment for their services, and their charity brought many to Christ. Reported
to have miraculously replaced the ulcered leg of a man named Justinian with one
from a recently deceased man. Arrested during the persecutions of Diocletian, he
was tortured, but suffered no injury. Martyr. Many fables grew up about the
brothers, connected in part with the ability of their relics to heal.
3rd century, of Arabic descent
Tortured and beheaded c.303 in Aegea, Cilicia (modern Ayas, Turkey)
And from: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saints-cosmas-and-damian/
Saints Cosmas and Damian
Saints Cosmas and Damian’s Story
Nothing is known of their lives except that they suffered martyrdom in Syria during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian.
A church erected on the site of their burial place was enlarged by the emperor Justinian. Devotion to the two saints spread rapidly in both East and West. A famous basilica was erected in their honor in Constantinople. Their names were placed in the canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I) , probably in the sixth century.
Legend says that they were twin brothers born in Arabia, who became skilled doctors. They were among those who are venerated in the East as the “moneyless ones” because they did not charge a fee for their services. It was impossible that such prominent persons would escape unnoticed in time of persecution: They were arrested and beheaded.
Nine centuries later, Francis of Assisi (October 4) rebuilt the dilapidated San Damiano chapel outside Assisi.
For a long time, it seems, we have been very conscious of Jesus’ miracles as proofs of his divinity. What we sometimes overlook is Jesus’ consuming interest in simply healing people’s sickness, whatever other meaning his actions had. The power that “went out from him” was indeed a sign that God was definitively breaking into human history in final fulfillment of his promises; but the love of God was also concrete in a very human heart that was concerned about the suffering of his brothers and sisters. It is a reminder to Christians that salvation is for the whole person, the unique body-spirit unity.
Not sure what the reflection here should be Fr. Don.
Saints Cosmas and Damian are the Patron Saints of: