St. Sebastian – January 20

Saint Sebastian, Patron Saint against Contagious Diseases 

Extract from ST SEBASTIAN, M.—A.D. 283: “St. Sebastian, having sent so many martyrs to heaven before him, was himself impeached before the Emperor Diocletian, who. . . delivered him over to certain archers of Mauritania, to be shot to death. His body was covered with arrows, and he was left for dead. Irene, the widow of St. Castulus, going to bury him, found him still alive, and took him to her lodgings, where, by care, he recovered of his wounds, but refused to flee, and even placed himself one day by a staircase where the emperor was to pass, whom he first accosted, reproaching him for his unjust cruelties against the Christians. This freedom of speech, and from a person, too, whom he supposed to have been dead, greatly astonished the emperor. . . ” See picture of Saint Sebastian and Prayers to St. Sebastian.

Saint Sebastian,  Patron Saint against Plagues and Plague Sufferers

Extract from St. Sebastian: “Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith. Sebastian made numerous converts: among them were the master of the rolls, Nicostratus, who was in charge of prisoners and his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; the jailer Claudius; Chromatius, Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; and Chromatius’ son, Tiburtius. Chromatius set the prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect. He was declared patron of plague sufferers of his reported cures of those with diseases. See picture of St. Sebastian.

Saint Sebastian, Patron Saint of Rio De Janeiro

Extract from Saint Sebastian:  “Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith. Sebastian made numerous converts: among them were the master of the rolls, Nicostratus, who was in charge of prisoners and his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; the jailer Claudius; Chromatius, Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; and Chromatius’ son, Tiburtius. Chromatius set the prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect. Saint Sebastian was venerated at Milan as early as the time of St. Ambrose and was buried on the Appian Way. He is patron of archers, athletes, and soldiers, and is appealed to for protection against plagues.”

 

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We at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Sebastian on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Cholera in Papua New Guinea (2010) (Oceania.) See World Mission Rosary Intentions April 26-May 09, 2010.

Measles Outbreak in South Africa (February 2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions February 15-28, 2010.

Disease following Tsunami in Samoa (September – November, 2009) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  November 9 – November 22, 2009.

Swine Flu in Mexico and the U.S. (April 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 27 – May 10, 2009.

Floods and Disease in Fiji (2008 – 2009) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 30 – April 12, 2009.

Floods in Brazil (May 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  May 11 – May 24, 2009.

 

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