Saint Sebastian is a very popular patron saint as he is the patron saint of Athletes and Soldiers. Due to his unwaiving commitment to Christ and the courageous way he faced his martyrdom, he serves as an example of true love of God. He is usually depicted standing in front of a tree with an arrow pierced through him.
History of Saint Sebastian
A soldier of the imperial army from Narbonne (Gaul) or Milan (according to St. Ambrose), he was martyred for the Faith at Rome during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian. His Burial place at the Cemetary - ad Catacumbas - along the old Appian Way is distinguished by a continuous cult down the centuries.
The Roman liturgy has always accorder him a privileged place. Iconography depicts him as a martyr, pierced by arrows. He is invoked for healing from both physical and spiritual wounds.
Prayer for Saint Sebastian
Dear Commander at the
Roman Emperor's court,
you chose to be also a soldier
of Christ and dared to spread
faith in the King's of King's,
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 you so clearly
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Saint Sebastian Guidance Prayer
O Lord, grant us the spirit of fortitude, so that guided by the example of the martyr St. Sebastian, we may learn to bear witness to the Christian Faith and patiently support the sufferings of life. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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