Saints Cosmas and Damian, Sep 27

For once I’m posting a saint’s day *ahead* of time. 

Sep. 27 is the feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian.  They were brothers and physicians, martyred in the 3rd century during the reign of Diocletian.  They are called on for healing, and are considered by many to be the patrons of doctors and surgeons. 

Here’s a prayer from my pre-Vatican II missal:

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who keep the heavenly birthday of Thy holy Martyrs, Cosmas and Damian, may be delivered by their intercession from all the evils that threaten us.

The missal references psalm 33, 18. 19.  The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles…. The Lord is near to those who are of a contrite heart: and He will save the humble of spirit.

Cosmas and Damian are often syncretized with the loa the Marassa, the divine twins.

Coming up next, if Crazy Busy Life doesn’t get in the way: The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel on Sep. 29 (and by the dedication of the angel, they mean the dedication of his basilica).

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