The ‘Silverless’ Saints
Today, September 26, we celebrate the feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian (died 283), Christian doctors, patron saints of physicians and pharmacists, and martyrs for the faith. Of learned skill in medicine, brothers Cosmas and Damian helped those in need out of Christian charity and love, never accepting payment in return. For this reason, they are often referred to as anargyroi, meaning “the silverless” or “the moneyless.”
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 as “Christians who cured various illnesses and delivered possessed persons in the name of the one called Christ; they do not permit others to go to the temple to honor the gods by sacrifices.”
Saints Cosmas and Damian remained constant under all forms of torture, and miraculously, suffered no injury from water, fire, air, nor on the cross raked with iron hooks. They were finally beheaded with the sword, and their bodies were carried to Syria and buried at Cyrrhus.
Oh glorious martyrs of Christ,
Saints Cosmas and Damian,
you gave your lives for the love of God,
benefiting your fellow man,
and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith.
You taught us to love God above all things,
and to love our fellow man as ourselves,
and without fear,
the religion of Jesus.
Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles,
you are glorious indeed.
Through your intercession,
which brings about deliverance of these miracles,
we pray to you for your aid in all things.
May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul.
Oh great protectors,
Saints Cosmas & Damian,
assist us with your love and free us from all evils
- Legendary transplantation of a leg by Saints Cosmas and Damian, assisted by angels. Meister des Stettene, 16th Century