Actually, it wasn’t the arrows that killed him.
“What! How did St. Sebastian survive that?” you may exclaim.
Well, he certainly did suffer the horrible death sentence to be shot full of arrows—but he didn’t die from it as the Emperor Diocletian had intended.
Here’s the full story.
Sebastian was a Roman citizen in the 4th century during a time of great hostility toward the Catholic faith.
Living in Rome itself under the dangerous rule of Diocletian, Sebastian not only dared to be a Christian—he dared to be a Christian right under the Emperor’s nose as a captain in the Emperor’s bodyguard! He also used his position in the Praetorian Guard to minister to the Christians suffering persecution.
Diocletian eventually found out about Captain Sebastian’s faith and ordered him to be shot with arrows.
Sebastian survived the ordeal and was nursed back to health by a generous Christian widow. Then—fearless and unflappable as ever—he marched straight back to Diocletian and rebuked him for his cruelty to the Christians.
The Emperor, shocked that Sebastian was still alive, had him beaten to death.
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