• 20 Jan 20

Jan 20 - “St. Sebastian” © retablos art by Br. Arturo Olivas, OFS. Happy Feast Day Sebastian!

San Sebastian was a 3rd century soldier from Gaul who had risen to the ranks of captain of the Praetorian guard and served as such under Maximian. He converted to Christianity and assisted fellow Christians who suffered terrible persecutions by the Romans. He hid his religion but ultimately was discovered and condemned to be shot with arrows. Sebastian survived the attempted execution and returned to helping other Christians. Enraged by Sebastian’s persistence in the faith Diocletian had Sebastian clubbed to death and tossed his body into a sewer.

San Sebastian has been a popular subject of religious art and is frequently shown tied to a tree or column and shot with arrows. He is patron of athletes and victims of AIDS.