Saint Sebastian


According to his legend, Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith.

Sebastian made numerous converts: among them were the master of the rolls, Nicostratus, who was in charge of prisoners and his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; the jailer Claudius; Chromatius, Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; and Chromatius’ son, Tiburtius. Chromatius set the prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect.

Sebastian was named captain in the praetorian guards by Emperor Diocletian, as did Emperor Maximian when Diocletian went to the East. Neither knew that Sebastian was a Christian. When it was discovered during Maximian’s persecution of the Christians that Sebastian was indeed a Christian, he was ordered executed.

He was shot with arrows and left for dead, but when the widow of St. Castulus went to recover his body, she found he was still alive and nursed him back to health. Soon after, Sebastian intercepted the Emperor, denounced him for his cruelty to Christians, and was beaten to death on the Emperor’s orders.

Saint Sebastian was venerated at Milan as early as the time of St. Ambrose and was buried on the Appian Way. He is patron of archers, athletes, and soldiers, and is appealed to for protection against plagues.

He is patron saint of athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading and defending the Faith. Sebastian is also patron to all soldiers. He entered the Roman army under Emperor Carinus in 283 in order to defend the confessors and martyrs of his day without drawing attention to himself.

His efforts kept the Faith of Marcus and Marcellian firm during their persecutions, right up to the time of their martyrdom. He was declared patron of plague sufferers of his reported cures of those afflicted with many diseases.



  1. Dear St. Sebastian i request you to pray to God for my family specially for my brother and for my sisters please may God give them wisdom and may he always be with them.Please pray for my job which is new and i just joined it please help me that i will do my job with the guidance of Lord Jesus Christ.Amen

  2. I pray for the souls of my daughter Natalie Suzanne, my parents Rene and Jennie and for all the souls of my dearly departed family and friends. I pray for an end to child abuse, may God, Jesus, Mary and all the saints and angels protect all the innocent children of the world and bring an end to all child abuse. I pray for all the children in my family to be protected and healthy and keep on the right track in their lives.I pray for my grandson Sebastian to be healed of his brain damage. Please send all the healing angels to him and touch him so he may be healed. I pray that all petitions asked for today be answered. I ask all this in name of my Saviour Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother Mary. Amen