Saint Brigid Religious Education
100 Mayflower Street
West Hartford, CT 06110
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.