September 25, 2000
volume 11, no. 181

LITURGY for Monday and Tuesday, September 25-26, 2000

Monday, September 25, 2000

      First Reading: Proverbs 3: 27-34
      Psalms: Psalm 15: 2-5
      Gospel Reading: Luke 8: 19-21

Tuesday, September 26, 2000

    Tuesday September 26:
    Weekday in Ordinary Time and
    Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    Green or Red vestments

      First Reading: Proverbs 21: 1-6, 10-13
      Psalms: Psalm 119: 1, 27, 20, 24-25, 44
      Gospel Reading: Luke 8: 19-21

Feast of the Martys Saints Cosmas and Damian

        These Syrian-born twin brothers Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian were both physicians who treated the sick for free and became well-loved by all for their total dedication to God's children, especially at Egaea in Cilicia where they lived. Because of their fame and good works, they were singled out by the vile Emperor Diocletian and incarcerated by the Roman governor of Cilicia Lycias ungergoing numerous tortures before they were both beheaded around around the very end of the 3rd Century. In 528 Pope Felix IV dedicated a former Roman pagan temple to the two holy physicians, renaming it the Basilica of Sts. Cosmas and Damian. They, along with Saint Luke are considered the patrons of doctors, dentists and druggists. These two saints truly epitomize the words in the Book of Sirach, 38: 1-8 "Hold the physician in honor, for he is essential to you, and God it was Who established his profession. From God the doctor has wisdom and the king provides for his sustenance. His knowledge makes the doctor distinguished and gives him access to those in authority. God makes the earth yield healing herbs which the prudent man should not neglect; was not the water sweetened by a twig that men might learn His power? He endows men with the knowledge to glory in His mighty works, through which the doctor eases pain and the druggist prepares his medicines; thus God's creative work continues without cease in its efficacy on the surface of the earth" and 12-14, "Then give the doctor his place lest he leave; for you need him too. There are times that give him an advantage, and he too beseeches God that his diagnosis may be correct and his treatment bring about a cure." We pray that doctors everywhere today will take to heart their vocation as God-given and rely on Him in all things and treat their patients with love and mercy, calling upon the intercession of their patrons Cosmas and Damian.

September 25, 2000
volume 11, no. 181

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