Born in Gaul
during the middle of the third century CE, Saint Sebastian was martyred
in 288 CE in Rome. Once a Roman Officer
, Saint Sebastian converted
after witnessing the suffering brought by Diocletian
of Christians. Reportedly, Saint Sebastion survived
his first execution
only to return again to Diocletian to continue preaching
. He was then beaten to death
by Diocletian's guards
Saint Sebastion's feast day is January 20th.
Saint Sebastion is the Patron Saint of Athletes, Plague Victims, Soldiers and Police Officers.
A Prayer to Saint Sebastian:
Dear Commander at the Roman Emperor's court, you chose to be a soldier
of Christ and dared to spread faith in the King of Kings---for which you were condemned to die. Your body, however, proved
athletically strong and the
executing arrows extremely weak. So another means to kill you was chosen
and you gave your life to the Lord. May athletes be always as strong
in their faith as their Patron Saint so clearly has been.