Feast Day: October 17th



Apolytikion: Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, visit our infirmities, freely you have received, freely give to us.

Apolytikion: The twenty-numbered Divinely-inspired phalanx, that shines with Grace from Heaven, the radiant band of the Unmercenaries let us praise, for they deposed the power of the evil one, and with sympathy alleviate the illnesses of all those who cry out with reverence: Glory to God in Trinity.

Kontakion: You have received the Grace of remedies, spread strength over those in need, Glorious, Wonderworking Physicians; but by your visitation, cast down the insolence of enemies, healing the world by wonders.

The Oikos: The word of the wise Physicians surpasses all understanding and wisdom; for having received Grace from the Most High, they invisibly bestow strength on all; therefore on me too they have bestowed the grace of narration, to sing their praise as God-bearing, well-pleasing to God and Healers, who grant multitudes of cures; for they rescue all from pains, healing the world by wonders.


Prayer during the Sacrament of Holy Unction: O Holy Father, Physician of Souls and bodies, who did send Your Only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who heals every infirmity and delivers from death. Heal Thou, also Your servant [Name] from the ills of body and Soul which do hinder [Him/Her] and quicken [Him/Her] by the Grace of Your Christ: through the Prayers of Our Most Holy Lady, the Birth-giver of God and Ever-Virgin Mary; through the intercession of the honourable Bodiless Powers of Heaven; through the might of the honourable and Life-giving Cross, through the protection of the honourable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the glorious and all-laudable Apostles; of the Holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs; of our Venerable and God-bearing Fathers; of the Holy and healing, Unmercenaries, Kosmas and Damian, Cyrus and John, Panteleimon and Hermolaus, Samson and Diomedes, Photios and Aniketos, of the holy righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; and all the Saints. For You are the Fountain of healing, O Our God, and unto You do we ascribe Glory, together with Your Only-begotten Son and Your Spirit, one in essence, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

About the Holy Unmercenary Saints

There are countless Saints with the title of Holy Unmercenary, because they followed the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8).


In addition to the Twelve Unmercenary Saints mentioned below are Saint Luke the Evangelist, Saint Luke the Surgeon, Saint Hermione the Virgin-Martyr, Saint Philonella and Saint Zenaida.

Saint Cyrus and Saint John, Saint Panteleimon, Saint Hermolaus, Saint Sampson, Saint Diomedes, Saint Mokios, Saint Aniketos and his nephew Saint Photios, Saint Thallelaios and Saint Tryphon

Our Holy Church is Blessed with three sets of twin brother Holy Physician Saints Cosmas and Saint Damian. They were brothers both in the flesh and in the Spirit… Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian of Arabia, Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian of Rome and Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian of Asia Minor.