Sebastian, Saint

Sebastian, Saint,

fl. 3d cent.?, Roman martyr. Little is known of his life. According to tradition he was an officer of the Praetorian guards much favored by Emperor Diocletian, who did not know that Sebastian was a Christian. When the emperor learned of it, he ordered Sebastian killed by archers. Left for dead with arrows in his body, Sebastian recovered but was later beaten to death on the order of Diocletian. He was a favorite subject of Renaissance painters. Feast: Jan. 20.
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Vintage churches like the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo), Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church (Santa Cruz), San Sebastian, Saint Jude, and Our Lady of Montserrat in San Beda, as well as bargain centers (Tutuban, Divisoria and Chinatown) are only a few minutes away.
Like Saint Sebastian, Saint John plays a distinctive role in Chamulan lore, where he is honored as the first man to plant a cornfield.