Today is the feast of St. Sebastian, who is also the patron of the church I attend. In honor of our patron saint, our parish commissioned a hymn which we will premiere at mass this coming Sunday. Afterall, it's not like there are lots of St. Sebastian hymns to choose from!
A few years ago our parish's contemporary music group sang a song about the saints and I wrote a verse specifically about St. Sebastian:
St. Sebastian the soldier who bravely lead
The people to Jesus until his heart bled
From arrows that pierced it and left him for dead
On the feast of our patron martyr, the vestments are red
St. Sebastian was a Guard during the time of Diocletian. He was responsible for converting many to Christianity and many miracles were attributed to the saint.
He is most often pictured bound with arrows poking out of his body.
He was seriously injured and left for dead. St. Irene found him barely alive and carefully tended him back to health, and I might add, without the help of antibiotics! She must have been extraordinarily gifted.
Nonetheless, he recovered his health and went back to persuade/confront Diocletian again - and was was successfully murdered for his trouble. I often ponder how St. Irene must have felt about that!
Personally, I think I would have conked him over the head to keep him away from the evil emperor - which is probably why she is a great saint and I'm not.
He is the patron of soldiers, athletes, and police officers.
Usually, my parish hands out chocolate arrows to the school children and PSR students. But as a family, red velvet cake is always a nice way to celebrate a martyr.
BTW, this summer my girls and I decided that Diocletian got too much mention in the parish him, so we came up with a verse to honor St. Irene
There once was a lady whose name was Irene.
She was as nice as Diocletian was mean
She found St. Sebastian and made his wounds clean.
She lives now in heaven with Mary our Queen.
Mr. Pete scoffs at this - I challenged him to make up one of his own, which he has yet to do! It's not as easy as it seems.
More interesting files about St. Sebastian in my Diigo files!