Thursday, January 20, 2011

St. Sebastian

Today in both forms of the Roman calendar, we commemorate St. Sebastian, the third century martyr. Here is what the Roman Martyrology says:

Also at Rome, ad Catacumbas, St. Sebastian, Martyr, who was in command of the first cohort under the Emperor Diocletian, was ordered to be bound in the middle of a plain, with the title of Christian over his head, and shot with arrows by the soldiers, and lastly to be scourged with rods till he died.

Mosaic of St. Sebastian, ca. 682 in San Pietro in Vincoli

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