Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 21)

In the Roman Canon, after John and Paul, we find Cosmas and Damian.
Saints Cosmas and Damian were brothers, descended from a distinguished race in Arabia. They
practiced medicine in Roman territory without remuneration. Their learning, their skill in
healing, their devout mode of life, all combined, won for them universal confidence and high
esteem. Their acts of benevolence gained for the Christian religion many adherents. After
enduring many torments, they were at last —probably in 127 — decapitated at Egaea, in Cilicia.
Pope Felix IV (526-529) built, at Rome, the Church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, and brought to it
the relics of the saintly martyred brothers. Both are honored as patrons of physicians and of
the science of medicine; their feast occurs on September twenty-seventh.
In the Roman Canon, only martyrs are named before and after the Consecration: this distinction
is justly due to them. They have merited it by the bloody sacrifice of their life; they appear as
the ripest and most glorious fruit of the Sacrifice of Christ. They resembled the Savior, not in
life merely, but also in death. For Christ they lived, for Him they died; in return for the Sacrifice
of His love, they offered the sacrifice of the world and of themselves – amid untold torments
and sufferings. The virtues of fortitude and patience, of faith and of love, which they practiced
in a heroic degree, shone resplendent in them.
St. Cosmas and St. Damian, pray for us!
For the Greater Glory of God,
Fr. Matt