July 1 Holy Wonderworking Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian

Read the Lives of Ss. Cosmas and Damian here

The Holy Martyrs, Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian were born at Rome, brothers by birth, and physicians by profession.

They suffered at Rome in the reign of the emperor Carinus (283-284). 

Although they had devoted their lives to the Christian service of their neighbors, and had escaped the Roman sword and prison, they were treacherously murdered by their teacher.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Cosmas and Damian from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

O ye two radiant and wise unmercenaries, standing with all the elect before the worshipful Trinity, pray that those who keep your radiant memory may be enlightened by the divine splendors of the Spirit.

Showing yourselves to be elevated in mind high above material things, O wise saints, ye have received the immaterial radiance of the Spirit. Wherefore, O unmercenaries, ever dispel the darkness of infirmities by your divine visitations.

Having acquired spiritual eyes which slumber not, O glorious, merciful and God-bearing unmercenaries, in divine fulfillment of the commandments of God, by grace ye rouse to goodly health those who sleep in infirmities.

Your divine temple doth sacredly pour forth in spiritual streams the fragrant myrrh of healings, ever washing away the fetid passions.

Ever dwelling in the mansions of heaven, O all-wise ones, through the grace of the Almighty ye ever show your tabernacle to be a well-spring of healings.

Curbing the passions of the flesh with the reins of abstinence, ye have most richly received spiritual radiance. Wherefore, ye enrich the world with healings.

With life-bearing actions and all manner of activities do ye heal the mortal sufferings of men, O light-bearing pillars, immovable ramparts, divine branches of the true Vine.

Let the unmercenaries, the breasts of the Church who pour forth the milk of healings, nurturing all with the divine food of enlightenment, be praised with joyful hymns.

Your church, O saints, hath been shown to be healing and a calm and saving harbor for the tempest-tossed. And having recourse thereto, we all attain tranquility and deliverance from evils.

Manifestly illumined with divine splendors, ye travel about the whole world and enlighten all men, dispelling the darkness of the passions and expelling demons, O God-bearing unmercenaries.

Like two lamps ye illumine the world, O God-bearers, moved by the Spirit to go about all creation, visiting those who are on their bed of pain and rescuing them from misfortunes.

Without fee granting healing to the infirm and deliverance from the passions, O God-bearing unmercenaries, ye have been shown to be great intercessors for all, helpers of all with God, and assistants to all

Not by human skill, but by divine grace do ye cleanse men of infirmities, O glorious ones, wherefore, having assembled, we call you blessed as is meet.

Bound with love for Christ, O God-bearers, ye destroy all the malice of the demons with divine grace. Wherefore, we celebrate your solemnity.

As shoots of the divine vine pouring forth the wine of healings upon us who are in the grief of infirmities, ye fill us with gladness, O unmercenaries.

Opening a God-given well-spring, O holy ones, ye pour forth rivers of pure healings upon all, washing away the defilement of the passions and the most vile wickedness of the demons.

Strengthened by the grace of the omnipotent Spirit, Thy two right wondrous unmercenaries ever grant health to the sick, O Word, Thou Wisdom and Power of God.

Thou alone art holy, Who dost glorify Thy saints; for Thou deliverest the world from misfortunes for their sake and dost enlighten those who cry out: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

Ye were shown by the divine Spirit to be devoid of all evil, O saints, becoming the vesture of salvation, the cause of remission, and the avoidance of evils for us who cry out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Becoming sons through divine communion, O Cosmas and Damian, through faith ye have now truly acquired both your Father's portion of heavenly delight and the radiant activity of miracles; and ye cry aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

With the divine drops of your, blood, O saints, ye wash away the spiritual defilement of our souls, drive away the suffering of pain, and repel the assaults of the demons, as our intercessors and merciful healers.

Adorned by the Spirit like a lily, like noetic flowers, like roses, O saints, emitting sweet fragrance and dispelling the stench of the passions, ye have been revealed to us who cry out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Behold, what is so good or so beautiful, as it is written, as for the brethren, whom we now fittingly bless, to dwell in oneness of mind, in a place of splendor, in the mansions of heaven, in never-fading glory?

How great is the temple, ever adorned with miracles, which ye ever visit, O right wondrous Cosmas and Damian, granting health to those who require it. Wherefore, ye are fittingly blessed.

Today the angels, the divine apostles, the prophets, the venerable and all the righteous rejoice with us in your memory, O blessed ones; for, dwelling joyfully with them, ye pray for all the world.

O ye two divine and radiant unmercenary and most honorable God bearers: ask remission of offenses, amendment of life and deliverance from all evils for us who praise you forever.