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Monday, September 27, 2010

September 27, Saints Cosmas and Damian, Mm

Saints Cosmas and Damian were eminent physicians in the time of the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian, were brothers, and by race Arabs, but born in Cilicia. And they were wont to give their services to the poor, for which reason in the East they have the title: The Moneyless Ones. When the Prefect Lysias learnt that they were Christians, he commanded them to worship the gods, under threats of torments and death. But when he found that threats could not shake them, he practiced upon them torments by water, by fire, and by other cruelties, and lastly had them beheaded. Thus did they bear witness for Christ Jesus even until they grasped the palm of victory.
Antiphon on the Benedictus:
Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered: * fear not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Ss. Cosmas and Damian
Collect :
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who observe the heavenly birthday of blessed Cosmas and Damian, thy Martyrs, may by their intercession be delivered from all evils that beset us, Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.,

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