c. 256 AD
January 20, 287 AD
January 20 (Catholic)
December 18 (Eastern Orthodox)
Captain of the Praetorian Guard
Roman Soldier, Healer and Martyr
Patron Saint of:
Soldiers, Archers, Atheletes
Prayer of St. Sebastian
You chose to be a
Soldier of Christ
And dared to spread faith in
Him, the King of Kings.
Protect all athletes from
Injury and harm,
And pray for us to have
The endurance to pursue our
Heavenly prize, eternal life
Prayer to Saint Sebastian
Dear Commander of the Roman Emperor’s court,
You chose to also be a soldier of Christ
And dared to spread faith in the King of Kings,
For which you were condemned to die.
Your body, however, proved athletically strong
And the executing arrows extremely weak.
So another means to kill you was chosen
And you gave your life to the Lord.
May athletes always be as strong as their faith
As their Patron Saint so clearly has been.