My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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The Feast of St. Sebastian

St Sebastian
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc.


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 premiered at mass last year. 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 at 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.
st. sebastian


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.

My girls and I decided that Diocletian got too much mention in the parish hymn, 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.
St-Sebastian-Cured-by-St-Irene

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!





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