Saint Sebastian lived between the 3rd and 4th centuries between Gaul, where he was born, and Italy where he was enrolled in the Roman army under the tetrarchy of Diocletian and Maximian. It was Sebastian's job was to execute Christians who refused to make an offering to the Roman gods.
At some time while he was in the Roman army, Sebastian converted to Christianity which in turn made it impossible for him to do his job. Once his superiors became aware of his conversion Sebastian was ordered tied to a tree and shot to death by a squad of archers.
After being left for dead, Saint Irene found him still breathing and nursed him back to health. But unfortunately Diocletian learned of this, had him captured, and clubbed to death. This time for sure. Because of his extreme fortitude, Sebastian was made patron saint of soldiers and athletes.
Saint Sebastian, Pray for Us.
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