Our Class Saint
Year 3’s Class Saint St Sebastian: ‘Patron Saint of Sports’
Saint Sebastian is represented in Christian Art bound to a tree or stake, with a multitude of arrows piercing his body. There is a Chapel dedicated to St. Sebastian in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.
Read the story of St. Sebastian below.
Why do you think he is the Patron Saint of archers, athletes and soldiers?
Can you find out why he is also prayed to for protection against plagues?
Sebastian was the son of a wealthy Roman family. He was educated in Milan, became an Officer of the Imperial Roman army and Captain of the guard. During Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, Sebastian visited them in prison, bringing supplies and comfort. He is reported to have healed the wife of a fellow soldier by making the Sign of the Cross over her. He converted soldiers and a Governor to Christianity.
When it was discovered by Diocletian that Sebastian was a Christian, he was tied to a tree, shot with arrows and left for dead. He survived and with the help of Saint Irene, recovered and returned to preach. The emperor then had him beaten to death.
During the 14th century, the Black Death caused people to liken the plague to their villages being shot by an army of nature’s archers. In desperation, they prayed for the help of a saint associated with archers and so, Saint Sebastian became associated with the plague too.
He is patron saint of athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading and defending the Faith.
Feast Day of Saint Sebastian The Feast Day of Saint Sebastian is January 20th.
Can you write a prayer to Saint Sebastian for our prayer display?