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Detail of a building showing two saints, Kozma & Damjan (Cosmas & Damian)

Cosmas & Damian were twin brothers from Syria who lived in the fourth century. They were famous students of science and both became excellent doctors. They showed great charity to all and treated their patients to the best of their ability. Yet no matter how much care a patient required, they never accepted any money for their services. For this reason they were called by a name in Greek (anargyroi) which means “the penniless ones”.

When Diocletian’s persecution of Christians began in their city (Ayash/Ajass in Asia Minor), Cosmas & Damian were arrested at once. They were tortured but in miraculous manner suffered no injury from water, fire, air nor on the cross and were finally beheaded with a sword (either in year 287 or 303) with their three brothers Anthimus, Leontius and Euprepius. The execution took place on September 27 and their feast is still celebrated on that day. Patrons of physicians, surgeons, pharmacists and barbers.

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