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Saint of the Day: Sts Cosmas and Damian

Patron Saints of Physicians and Pharmacists


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Martyrs(d. ca 287)

Their story

+ According to legend, Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers from Syria who worked as physicians, serving the poor at no charge.

+ Although there are various legends about their lives and the way they died, they were probably killed around the year 287.

+ Devotion to these martyrs was widespread and, with Saint Luke the Evangelist and Saint Pantaleon, they are honored as the patron saints of physicians and pharmacists.

+ Saints Cosmas and Damian are included in the Roman Canon (the First Eucharistic Prayer).

For prayer and reflection

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. They are precious in our sight and in the sight of him in whose name it was done… Happy are they who have thus drunk of this cup, for their suffering is over, and they have received their honors.”—Saint Augustine of Hippo

Spiritual bonus

September 26 is also the day the Church celebrates the memory of Saint Therese Courderc (d. 1885). Inspired by the needs for spiritual enrichment opportunities for women and the work of the Society of Jesus, she established a new religious community, the Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle (the Cenacle Sisters), for this work. She was canonized in 1970.


May you be magnified, O Lord,
by the revered memory of your Saints Cosmas and Damian,
for with providence beyond words
you have conferred on them everlasting glory,
and on us, your unfailing help.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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