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Li'l St Sebastian by HiloHello Li'l St Sebastian by HiloHello
NAME: Greek, means "venerable"

EARTHLY LIFE: Third and fourth centuries; France, Italy

CHARACTERISTICS AND ACTIVITY: Praetorian guard who converted and suffered martyrdom

PATRON OF: Athletes; archers; tapestry makers; traffic cops

SPECIAL DEVOTIONS: Invoked against the plague

CONNECTIONS W/ OTHER SAINTS: Roch and Christopher are also protectors against the plague and unexpected death

SYMBOLS: Most commonly portrayed as a young man tied up and being shot by arrows. Sometimes dressed as soldier. Symbols are arrows and the palm of martyrdom

(Blatently stolen from "Saints in Art" by Rosa Giorgi, Trans. by T. M. Hartmann)

In case you're wondering, it wasn't the arrows that killed him. He was found and healed. Then he was clubbed to death and thrown in the Cloaca Maxima.
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