51. In the third century, Saint Sebastian was a young captain of the Praetorian Guard. It is said that he spoke constantly of Christ and tried to convert his companions, to the point that he was ordered to renounce his faith. Since he refused, he was shot with arrows, yet he survived and continued to proclaim Christ fearlessly. In the end, Sebastian was flogged to death.
The witness of the late 3rd century Christians was that Sebastian was left to die by his arrow wounds, but was nursed back to health by a Christian family. Later he denounced the Roman emperor, and the second time, he was beaten to death. The fine Seattle composer Garrett Fisher has an opera, and four tunes from it can be sampled here.
Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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