January 20th is St. Sebastian Day.
Sebastian is thought to have been born in Narbonne, Gaul. Around 283, he became a soldier in the Roman army and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus to remain firm in their faith, even under sentence of death.
Sebastian is responsible for converting many people to Christianity.
He is also known for healing. He is believed to have healed Nicostratus, The Master of the Rolls; his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; Claudius, the jailer; Chromatius, the Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; Chromatius’ son, Tiburtius. Chromatius then set prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect.
Sebastian became a captain of the guards. Neither Emperor Diocletian or Emperor Maximian were aware of Sebastian’s faith. During the persecution of the Christians by Maximian, it was discovered that Sebastian was a Christian. He was executed and shot with arrows. He was left for dead, but the widow of St. Castulus found him still alive and nursed him back to health. Once recovered, Sebastian intercepted the Emperor and denounced him for his cruelty to Christians. Sebastian was beaten to death on the Emperor’s orders.
He is the Patron Saint of archers, athletes, and soldiers, and is appealed to for protection against plagues.