St. Theodota the Mother of the Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian


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Commemorated on November 1

St. Theodota was the mother of Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Mesopotamia. They were all natives of Asia Minor. Her pagan husband died while her children were still quite small, but she raised them in Christian piety. Through her own example, and by reading holy books to them, St. Theodota preserved her children in purity of life according to the command of the Lord. Cosmas and Damian grew up into righteous and virtuous men.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)