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St. Cosmas

Feast day: September 26

St. Cosmas was a twin.  His twin brotherís name was Damiien.   He was from Syria and lived in the fourth century. He and his brother were very famous students of science and both became excellent doctors. 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. Yet no matter how much care a patient required, neither Cosmas nor 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, they told their patients about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Because the people all loved these doctors, they listened to them willingly. Cosmas often brought health back to both the bodies and the souls of those who came to him for help.

When Diocletian's persecution of Christians began in his city, both he and his brother 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. St. Cosmas and his brother are named in the First Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass.

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