Friday, 26 September 2008

Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian

According to Wikipedia, Saints Cosmas and Damian:

- were twins - born in Cilicia (south coastal region of the Anatolian peninsula, extending inland from the southeastern coast of Asia Minor)- died ca. 303
- practiced the art of healing in the seaport of Aegea in the Gulf of Issus, then in the Roman province of Syria
- were given the nickname anargyroi (The Silverless) - most commonly translated into English as "Unmercenaries" (as they accepted no payment for their services) - thus they led many to the Christian faith
- during the persecution under Diocletian (Emperor of the Roman Empire), they were arrested and ordered under torture to recant - they stayed true to their faith and thus enduring being hung on a cross, stoned and shot by arrows and finally suffered execution by beheading

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