Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries - November 1, 2016

On this sacred occasion of the Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, I ask all of our parishes to offer special prayers for the philanthropic ministries of our Ecumenical Patriarchate and for the ongoing programs of our Ladies Philoptochos Society at the local, metropolis, and national levels. I also ask our parishes to take a special collection on Sunday, October 30 for the National Ladies Philoptochos Ecumenical Patriarchate Fund. This is an opportunity for all of us to participate in these ministries, as well as a time for renewed commitment to our sacred ministry to minister to the least of these (Matthew 25:40), to minister to Christ himself, as we serve all who have needs.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2015)

On this feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian, we are reminded by their faithful witness of the priority of serving those in great need, especially the sick, the poor, the elderly, and the orphaned. These two selfless and holy men gave their lives and abilities to helping any who had need of healing and comfort. They were true stewards of the power of Christ and the hope, restoration, and eternal life He offers.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2014)

We are led in this effort by our National Ladies Philoptochos Society, and on Sunday, November 2, local chapters throughout our Holy Archdiocese will have a special offering for these ministries. I ask that you contribute generously to assist the work of our beloved Ecumenical Patriarchate at a time when critical needs there and throughout the Middle East are growing. As we are witnessing, long established ministries are challenged for resources as new humanitarian crises and desperate pleas for assistance are growing.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2013)

This commemoration of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian and our offering of support to the philanthropic ministries of our Patriarchate represent the very meaning of philanthropy. In response to God’s grace in their lives, Cosmas and Damian used their skills to offer compassionate service to all. Their motivation to respond was not based on the worthiness of a person, nor was it dependent on the social or economic status of the one in need. Freely they had received the power of healing through the grace of God, and freely they gave as a witness of the true life that is found in Christ.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian (11/01/2012)

The Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian, commemorates the Apostolic ministry of these two champions of faith and love and calls each of us to follow the exhortation of Christ in our service to others.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2011)

On this feast of the Holy Unmercenaries Saints Cosmas and Damian, we commemorate two great healers and preachers who offered a faithful witness of Christ and the Gospel. This is evident when we read the Holy Scriptures and see how many references are made to the healing and preaching ministry of our Lord.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2010)

On this annual commemoration of the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian, we give recognition and support to both our beloved Ecumenical Patriarchate and our National Ladies Philoptochos Society for their ongoing and intensive efforts to minister in the name of Christ to those in need. The occasion of this Feast has become for us as the Greek Orthodox Church in America a day for special prayers and offerings on behalf of the philanthropic work of the Ecumenical Patriarchate through the Baloukli Hospital and elder center and other institutions and programs that assist orphans and the poor.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2009)

On this day when we commemorate the Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, we are reminded by the lives and deeds of these two saints of the beautiful parable of our Lord concerning the Good Samaritan. In the Gospel of Luke we read of the compassion of the Samaritan who tended the wounds of the injured traveler and arranged for his care until he was healed.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries - Sts. Cosmas and Damian (11/01/2008)

On November 1st of each year, our Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the holy Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, two extraordinary brothers who were renowned physicians and martyrs of the early Church. Born in Asia Minor, these beloved saints of our Church earned a distinctive reputation for offering their services of healing to those in need. In their deeds, Saints Cosmas and Damian were living examples of the commandment of Christ to His disciples: Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay (Matthew 10:8). It is for this reason that our Church bestows upon Saints Cosmas and Damian the honorific distinction of “Holy Unmercenaries” (Agioi Anargyroi), for these two great men took these words of Christ to their heart.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Sts. Cosmas and Damian (11/01/2007)

On November 1, our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, two remarkable physicians and brothers of 4th century Asia Minor known on account of their generosity as the Holy Unmercenaries. Today, Sts. Cosmas and Damian remain important examples not only as persons who were early providers of medical care, but as men whose love for God and neighbor knew no boundaries. As Saints of our Church, their lives also serve as reminders that all of us are called to place the needs of others as our primary interests, so that we might be instruments of the grace of God, Who alone works wonders.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries - Saints Cosmas & Damian (11/01/2006)

During his earthly ministry, our Lord Jesus Christ sent out his twelve disciples commanding them to preach, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 10:7). He also directed them to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons" (10:8). This twofold mission of preaching and healing was made possible by the divine power of God working in and through the disciples, both for their own salvation and calling and for those who received their word and ministry. This divine power brought conviction and faith through the message offered by the disciples; and through miraculous acts of healing, God’s power affirmed His loving and gracious presence.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2005)

In her timeless offering of example, our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates on November 1 the Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, presenting to us two remarkable physicians and brothers of 4th century Asia Minor. Known as the Holy Unmercenaries, Sts. Cosmas and Damian were distinguished physicians, who healed not only through the use of medicine but also through their holy prayers.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian (11/01/2004)

On November 1, our Holy Orthodox Church commemorates Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Known as the Holy Unmercanaries, Sts. Cosmas and Damian were men of remarkable talent and faith, physicians who lived centuries ago and who bequeathed to our modern world an enduring legacy of unlimited charity and love of neighbor.
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Encyclical For The Feast Day Of The Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2003)

On this joyous day we celebrate the Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, a revered occasion that commemorates two time-honored Christian martyrs of the early Church who were brothers and physicians of exceptional faith and talent. Born in Asia Minor, Sts. Cosmas and Damian bequeathed to the entire world a legacy of extraordinary and unforgettable generosity.
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Encyclical for the Feast Day of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2002)

In His undying love for humankind, our gracious God condescended to take on human flesh, offering Himself up for the world so that we might be granted eternal life. This indescribable act of mercy and humility constitutes a tremendous challenge to all of us human beings to respond accordingly to the love of our Creator.
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Message on the Occasion of the Feast Day of the Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian (11/01/2000)

Saint John Chrysostom once wrote, “A rich man is not one who has much, but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.” This saying captures precisely the spirit of Saints Cosmas and Damian, the Holy Anargyroi. These great healers gave liberally both of their material wealth and of their spiritual treasures, using their medical practice to assist the needy as well as to preach the Gospel. Freely they had received the grace of God, freely they gave again, and thereby they became “rich in good works” (1 Timothy 6:18).
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