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
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.