The Italian Festival of The Healing Saints Cosmas and Damian


The Lives of Saints Cosmas & Damian

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 plague.



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Carrying the Saints Columbus Day Parade, Boston Group Photo, Feast Day
Mayor Galuccio, Sal Sr, and State Rep. Toomey Tina Simeone, Anne Foti, Annie Amendola The Feast



Prayer to Saints Cosmas & Damian


English Version...

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.


Italian Version...

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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