The Madonna and Child with Sts. Cosmos and Damian
[with red hats, right, standing next to St. Peter Martyr]
Sts. Cosmos and Damian, Martyrs
The two Saints were twin brothers born in Arabia. They studied medicine in Syria and then lived in Aegeae in Cilicia and became widely known fro their medical skills, which they offered without charge to all. As outstanding Christians they were arrested during a persecution, tried before Lysias, the governer there, tortured and beheaded for the their Catholic faith. Their three brothers, Anthimus, Euprepius and Leontius, also were killed with them. Many miracles were reported after their deaths, and they are the patrons of physicians, after St. Luke. This date is the Traditional date for their Feast.
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