Sts Cosmas and Damianos the Holy Unmercenaries, and their mother Theodota
Commemorated November 1
Sts Cosmas and Damianos and their mother Theodota were from Asia Minor. After the death of their father, Sts Cosmas' and Damianos' Christ-loving mother Theodota reared them in piety and in all manner of virtue, and had them instructed in every science, especially that of medicine. This became their vocation, and they went about healing every illness and malady, bestowing healing freely on both men and beasts alike; because of this, they are called "Unmercenaries". Thus, having completed the course of their life, they reposed in peace.
Dismissal Hymn (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
Sainted Unmercenaries and Wonder Workers, regard our infirmities; freely you have received, freely share with us.
Kontakion (Second Tone)
O glorious, wonderworking physicians, having received the grace of healing, you reach out and restore health to those in need. Also, by your visitation you cast down the arrogance of the enemy, healing the world through miracles.