Profile Son of a wealthy Roman family.
Educated in Milan. Officer of the Imperial Roman army, and captain of the guard.
Favorite of Diocletian. During Diocletian's persecution of the Christians, Sebastian
visited them in prison, bringing supplies and comfort. Reported to have healed
the wife of a brother soldier by making the Sign of the Cross over her. Converted
soldiers and a governor. Charged as a Christian, Sebastian was tied to a tree,
shot with arrows, and left for dead. He survived, and with the help of Saint Irene,
recovered, and returned to preach to Diocletian.
then had him beaten to death. During the 14th century, the random nature of infection
with the Black Death caused people to liken the plague to their villages being
shot by an army of nature's archers. In desparation they prayed for the intercession
of a saint associated with archers, and Saint Sebastian became associated with
Born at Narbonne, Gaul (part of modern France)
Died martyred c.288 at Rome, Italy Canonized Pre-Congregation
Patronage against plague, archers, armourers, arrowsmiths,
athletes, bookbinders, diseased cattle, dying people, enemies of religion, fletchers
,gardeners, iron mongers, lace makers, lace workers, lead workers, masons , plague
victims, police officers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, racquet makers, soldiers, police
officers, stone masons, stonecutters
crown, naked youth tied to a tree and shot with arrows
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