Ss. Cosmas and Damian Healing Service begins July 1st

Have a vigil light fixed, blessed, dressed, and set on my altar for Saints Cosmas and Damian for petitions related to health and healing, both physical and spiritual, casting off evil, removal of crossed conditions, and protection from plague and other illness.

Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers who were practicing physicians in the 3rd century and treated their patients at no charge, hence their title of “unmercenary” or “silverless.” They have different feast days within different churches and denominations, and in the Orthodox church, in fact, there are considered to be three distinct sets of saints named Cosmas and Damian.  Of course they all have different bios and feast days, as well. As with most saints from the early centuries of the church, there’s very little or nothing in any historical or archaeological record about their lives — we have rather to deal with legend (and subsequent mystical revelation, in some cases).

But these brothers who were doctors, twins, and ultimately martyrs, have for centuries had the reputation for interceding for the faithful who called on them for healing, and numerous miracles have been attributed to them. They are also the patrons of twins, surgeons, and pharmacists, are widely venerated in Brazil as patrons of children in general, and in some houses and temples, are associated with the lwa the Marassa.

Lights will be set on July 1. There is some wiggle room and you can join up after the work starts as long as you see that there are still spots left and it doesn’t say “sold out.”

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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).