The Holy Unmercenary Saints

Parish Nurses of New England

“Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known? And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works. With such doth he heal men, and taketh away their pains. Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth, My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.  Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness. Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being. Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.  There is a time when in their hands there is good success. For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life. He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.”

Wisdom of Sirach 38:1-15

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

Matthew 10:8

The following is a list of Saints that are Holy Unmercenaries (in Greek, οι Ανάργυροι, literally without silver), or those Saints that were physicians by trade, but used their training to heal everyone free of charge, and used their faith in Christ to spread the Gospel. For the full life stories, see the following book:

THE HOLY UNMERCENARY DOCTORS: The Saints Anargyroi, Physicians and Healers of the Orthodox Church by Georgia Hronas (Translated from the Greek Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church). Light and Life Publishing 1999.

Each Unmercenary Saint (or group of Saints) has his individual feastday, while all of them are celebrated together (i.e. the Synaxis of the Unmercenaries), either on October 17th (the Greek tradition) or the Sunday after November 1st. The following is the list of Holy Unmercenary Saints and their feastdays (on the New Calendar):

The Holy Unmercenary Saints

For a full listing with links and explanation click here to view this excellent resource!

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