St Sebastian was born at Narbonne, in Gaul, but his parents were of Milan, in Italy, and he was brought up in that
city. He was a fervent servant of Christ, and though his natural inclinations gave him an aversion to a military life, yet to be better able, without suspicion, to assist the confessors and martyrs in their sufferings, he went to ome and entered the army under the emperor Carinus about the year !"#. It happened that the martyrs, Marcus and Marcellianus, under sentence of death, appeared in danger of being sha$en in their faith by the tears of their friends% Sebastian&seeing this, steps in and made them a long e'hortation to constancy, which he delivered with the holy fire that strongly affected all his hearers. (oe, the wife of Nicostratus, having for si' years lost the use of speech by a palsy in her tongue, fell at his feet, and spo$e distinctly) by the saint ma$ing the sign of the cross on her mouth. She, with her husband
to complete their instruction. going to bury him. 0ran1uillinus. whom he supposed to have been dead. the persecution growing hot. having grievously reproached him with ingratitude. and which should remain in the city to encourage and assist the martyrs. made his slaves free.
. were shot to death by arrows. who. the father of SS. being himself grievously afflicted with the same distemper. and 5ictorinus were ta$en. where. who had charge of the prisoners. but refused to flee. being hung by the heels over a fire. 2ccordingly. . He then enlarged the converted prisoners. having sent so many martyrs to heaven before him. the -ailer Claudius. in the apartments of one Castulus. and even placed himself one day by a staircase where the emperor was to pass. and too$ him to her lodgings. the parents of Marcus and Marcellianus. desired to be instructed in the faith. and having remained in that torment twenty6four hours. 7ginard. in the reign of 9ouis 8ebonnair. which of them should accompany this troop. went to pray at the tomb of St. and buried it in the catacombs at the entrance of the cemetery of Cali'tus. Castulus. and si'teen other prisoners.olycarp. St. 5andelbert. instructed and bapti/ed them. who brought it into :rance. got it privately removed. 0his freedom of speech. the widow of St. and bapti/ed with his son 0iburtius. to be shot to death. and that 0ran1uillinus. a holy priest. between St. delivered him over to certain archers of Mauritania. having sent for Sebastian. and other contemporary authors relate that. called 9ucina. Castulus. as a place of the greatest safety. Sebastian and the priest .ope 7ugenius II gave the body of St. His body was covered with arrows. had been cured of the gout by receiving baptism. which latter was the more dangerous province. reproaching him for his un-ust cruelties against the Christians. Medard3s. Claudius. and was sei/ed by the populace and stoned to death. too. and afterwards buried alive. which is one of the seven ancient stationary churches at ome.Nicostratus. accused by the same wretch. Sebastian to Hilduin. Marcus and Marcellianus were nailed by the feet to a post. 2 pious lady. admonished by the martyr in a vision. being informed of this. and from a person. St. too$ them to his own house. he was cured by him. . Marcus and Marcellianus. by care. where . ta$ing many new converts along with him. and. (oe was first apprehended. St. Castorius. was himself impeached before the 7mperor 8iocletian. he gave orders for his being sei/ed and beat to death with cudgels. It was a contest of /eal. praying at St. 8enys. whom he first accosted. Chromatius. at Soissons. Sigebert. with the emperor3s consent. -udged it most proper that Sebastian should stay in ome as a defender of the church. In the year !"4. were converted) and Nicostratus. the pope and others concealed themselves in the imperial palace.ope Caius. 2do. nor one of the seventy6two old churches which give titles to cardinals. was beheaded.*!.ope 8amasus. and he left for dead. who was master of the rolls. betrayed by a false brother. Nicostratus. St. . 0iburtius. after having been thrice tortured. Irene. he recovered of his wounds. but not one of the seven principal churches of that city. on the "th of 8ecember. a Christian officer of the court. recovering from his surprise. . Chromatius. found him still alive.aul. and resigned his prefectship. greatly astonished the emperor) but. ashamed to be less courageous than a woman. 2 church was afterwards built over his relics by . and his body thrown into the common sewer. was thrice put on the rac$.eter3s tomb on the feast of the apostles. governor of ome. and it was deposited at St. 2bbot of St. retired into the country in Campania. as some moderns mista$e) it neither being one of the five patriarchal churches. out of a mutual desire of martyrdom. who was appealed to. were thrown into the sea. 2ustin wished to see such contests of charity amongst the ministers of the church.olycarp.*+. Sebastian. She was stifled with smo$e.
and other places. and in +<?" enclosed in three new shrines.e read in . they were afterwards found by the Catholics. . ome was freed from a raging pestilence by the patronage of this saint. Sebastian has been always honoured by the church as one of her most illustrious martyrs.ortions of his relics are shown in the cathedral at St. and Medard were plundered by the Calvinists in +<4=. in the year 4"B. Gudule3s.aul the deacon in what manner.in "!4 . >pon the declaration of two eye6witnesses. Gregory the Great. St. in the duchy of 9u'emburg. 0he head of this martyr. as some have mista$en. is $ept at 7sternach. 0oulouse) Munich in the ducal palace) 0ournay in the cathedral) 2ntwerp in the Church of the @esuits) and at Arussels in the chapel of the court.
.aris) in four churches at Mantua) at Malacca. 0he rich shrines of SS.illibrord by . 5ictor3s) the 0heatins and Minims at . Gregory. though the bones of the three saints could not be distinguished from each other. . Milan in +<?<. Seville.ope Sergius. 9isbon in +<CC. and the sacred bones thrown into a ditch.*#. which was given to St. not at St. Sebastian.*=.ith it is said to have been brought a considerable portion of the relics of St. in which there was water. have e'perienced in li$e calamities the effects of his intercession with God in their behalf. .