Feast-day of the Saints Cosmas and Damian: September 26
When did St. Cosmas and Damian live: Beginning of the fourth century
Biography of St. Cosmas and Damian:
There is just very little information on the life of Cosmas and Damian, christian twins. They were born in Arabia and after the study of medicine in Syria, they took cared of the sick. They were not common doctors, in fact, they didn't want to be paid for their job. Through their works of charity, they reached a lot of people and shared their christian faith. This mission was the reason of their death: they were martyred. Diocletian ordered to behead them in 303.
Patronage: St. Cosmas and Damian are patron saints of doctors, surgeons, hairdressers and pharmacists
Statues and wooden sculptures of St. Cosmas and Damian from Val Gardena - representation, symbolism and emblem: St. Cosmas is represented with a sword, books and small wooden box. Damian is represented with a snake, little wooden box and palm leaf.