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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sts. Cosmas and Damian

Ordinary Time: September 26th


According to tradition, Saints Cosmas and Damian suffered martyrdom in Syria during the Roman persecution of Diocletian, around 303 A.D. Not much is known about them, but tradition holds they were twin brothers and medical doctors, never charging a fee for their medical services.

Since they were prominent Christians, they were among the first arrested when the great persecution under Diocletian began. Lysias, the governor of Cilicia, ordered their arrest, and they were beheaded (around 303 A.D.). Their bodies, it was said, were carried to Syria and buried at Cyrrhus.

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