The Lives of Saints Cosmas &
Born in Cilicia, (now known as Arabia),
in the third century, Cosmas and
Damian were the first children born in a family of seven boys. The twins studied medicine and
are credited for being the first to attempt a limb transplant on a human being.
They devoted themselves to rich and poor alike, accepting no payment for their medical
services, thus earning their title, "The Silver-less Ones".
These miraculous patrons of medicine were accused of being Christians by two fellow doctors and arrested by
Lisia, the governor of the city of Aega. They were tried in a court of
Ceasar's and sentenced to death by torture.
The first torture was being cast into the sea
with both hands and feet bound. A miracle occurred as they became free,
enabling them to swim ashore. Their second torture was burning at the
stake. A second miracle occurred as the flames failed to burn them.
The third torture was flogging. A third miracle occurred as the whips would not
hit their marks.
After a final demand that they renounce their
Christian faith was refused, Saints Cosmas & Damian were decapitated.
The day was September 27 in the year 287.
Saints Cosmas & Damian are the patrons of the city of Gaeta, Italy. It is
believed that through their intercession the city's population was spared during
an 18th century
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Prayer to Saints
Cosmas & Damian
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,
professing always, 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.
O Divini Dottori che offriste il Vostro martirio
per la Santa causa del cristianesimo; Comprotettori del lontano nostro suolo
natio, anche qui, in lontane sponde, noi vi veneriamo con lo stesso ardore e
devozione. De' benedicete e proteggete L'Associazione che porta tanto
devotamente i Vostri Nomi Gloriosi; riguardate le nostre famiglie e l'intera
cristiana umanita' e sopratutto, vi chiediamo do proteggere i nostri figli,
allontanandoli dai vizi di questa turlupinata e pericolosa Era. Infondete loro
il Vostro Santo martirio e la nostra Santa Christiana Fede, per indi, meritarci
tutti, la gloria del Santo Paradiso. Cosi Sia
Nostri grande protettori, Santi Cosma &
Damiano, assisteticci con amore e liberarticci d'ogni male.
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page: "Meglio Sarebbe")