The Community of the Saint Anargyroi

Spiritual Profile
Functions And Tasks

The spiritual profile and the practical orientation of the Community may be determined by five characteristic features :

1.Veneration of the saints Kosmas and Damian in doing what they did: follow Jesus by continuing the tradition of healing.

2. A life according to the sources of Christian faith, the holy scripture of the Old and New Testaments.

3. The monthly celebration of a community service in the tradition of the eastern und western churches, as the healers Kosmas and Damian have been venerated in oriental and occidental countries since early Christian times.

4. Eating and drinking together according to the meal tradition of Jesus.

5. The social engagement of the Community and its members is practised free of charge in the tradition of Kosmas and Damian.

The Community is open to all Christians who try to realize in their lives these five features of our profile. The Community Assembly decides upon the membership. The Community meets once a month for a service, a meal together, for consultation and to plan the charitable therapeutic engagement.

During the Community service the beatitudes are sung in veneration of Kosmas and Damian. In doing so we show that the Anargyroi lived a life expressing the logical path of Godīs Kingdom. We also see this as an invitation to ourselves to be followers of Jesus.

How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.

Mathew 5, 3-16. Translation from the Jerusalem Bible.

On May 21st, 2008 the Community was recognized as a private church association and a legal person. The Cathedral of Essen has been an outstanding place for the veneration of Kosmas and Damian  in the western churches since the 9th century. The Community therefore asked to be recognised  as a church association in the Diocese of Essen, and  made Essen its seat.