Feast of Agios Kosmas and Agios Damianos (live religious service) – Greek City Times


On July 1, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agios Kosmas and Agios Damianos, the holy martyrs, miracle workers and non-mercenary physicians.

They suffered in Rome during the reign of Emperor Carinus (283-284). Raised by their parents in the rules of piety, they led a strict and chaste life, and God granted them the gift of healing the sick. By their generosity and their exceptional kindness towards all, the brothers converted many to Christ. The brethren told the sick, “It is not by our own power that we treat you, but by the power of Christ, the true God. Believe in him and be healed. As they did not accept any payment for their treatment of the infirm, the holy brothers were called “non-mercenary physicians”.

Their life of active service and their great spiritual influence on the people around them led many into the Church, drawing the attention of the Roman authorities. Soldiers were sent after the brothers. Hearing this, the local Christians convinced Saints Cosmas and Damian to go into hiding for a while until they could help them escape. Unable to find the brothers, the soldiers instead arrested other Christians from the area where the saints lived. Saints Cosmas and Damian then came out of their hiding place and surrendered to the soldiers, asking them to release those who had been arrested because of them.

In Rome, the saints are imprisoned and tried. Before the Roman emperor and the judge, they openly professed their faith in Christ God, who had come into the world to save mankind and redeem the world from sin, and they resolutely refused to offer sacrifices to the pagan gods. They said, “We have not harmed anyone, we are not involved in the magic or witchcraft that you are accusing us of. We treat the infirm by the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we take no payment to help the sick, for our Lord commanded his disciples: “You have received freely, give freely” (Mt 10: 8 ). “

The emperor, however, continued with his demands. Through the prayers of the holy brethren, imbued with the power of grace, God suddenly struck Carinus with blindness, so that he too could experience the omnipotence of the Lord, who does not forgive blasphemy against the Lord. Holy Spirit (Mt 12:31). The people, seeing the miracle, cried out: “Great is the Christian God! There is no other God than Him! Many of those who believed pleaded with the holy brethren to heal the emperor, and he himself implored the saints, promising to convert to the true God, Christ the Savior, so that the saints would heal him. After that, Saints Cosmas and Damian were honorably freed, and once again began to care for the sick.

But what the hatred of the pagans and the ferocity of the Roman authorities could not do, was accomplished by black envy, one of the strongest passions of sinful human nature. An older physician, an instructor, with whom the holy brethren had studied the art of medicine, became jealous of their fame. Driven to madness by wickedness, and overwhelmed by passionate envy, he summoned the two brothers, once his most beloved students, offering them all to go together to gather various medicinal herbs. Going far into the mountains, he murdered them and threw their bodies into a river.

Thus, these holy brothers, the non-mercenary physicians Cosmas and Damian, ended their earthly journey as martyrs. Although they dedicated their lives to the Christian service of their neighbors and escaped the Roman sword and prison, they were treacherously murdered by their teacher.

The Lord glorifies those who are pleasing to God. Now, through the prayers of holy martyrs Cosmas and Damian, God grants healing to all who, in faith, have recourse to their heavenly intercession.

The non-mercenary saints Cosmas and Damian of Rome should not be confused with the non-mercenary saints Cosmas and Damian of Asia Minor (November 1) or the non-mercenary saints Cosmas and Damian of Arabia (October 17).

Today is the day of the name of Anargyros, Anargyri, Argyrios, Argyria, Damianos, Damiani, Kosmas, Kosmia, Mavrikios, Mavrikia.

Xronia Polla!

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