St. Sebastians Forane church
Balaramapuram, Neyyatinkara Dioceses
Trivandrum Latin Arch Dioceses
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Saint Sebastian

Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283. Sebastian was the captain in the praetorian guards by Emperor Diocletian and later Emperor Maximian. Neither knew that Sebastian was a Christian. during Emperor Maximian's persecution of the Christians Sebastian stood firmly for God and made numerous conversions including Nicostratus, Zoe, Claudius, Chromatius, St. Tiburtius and cured a woman of her muteness, and that the miracle instantly converted 78 people. Sebastian encouraged in their faith two Christian prisoners due for martyrdom, Mark and Marcellian, who were bewailed and entreated by their family to forswear Christ and offer token sacrifice. When Emperor discovered that Sebastian was indeed a Christian, he was ordered executed. And the archers shot at him with Hundreds of arrows, till he was as full of arrows as an urchin and left for dead.

Miraculously, the arrows did not kill him. The widow of Castulus, Irene of Rome, went to retrieve his body to bury it, and found he was still alive. She brought him back to her house and nursed him back to health. Soon after, Sebastian intercepted the Emperor; He denounced him for his cruelty to Christians and teasing GOD, and was beaten to death on the Emperor's orders. And his body threw into the common sewer.

A pious lady, called Lucina, admonished by the martyr in a vision, got Sebastian's body privately removed, and buried it in the catacombs at the entrance of the cemetery of Calixtus. A church was afterwards built over his relics by Pope Damasus, which is one of the seven ancient stationary churches at Rome, St. Ado, Eginard, Sigebert, and other contemporary authors relate that, in the reign of Louis Debonnair, Pope Eugenius II gave the body of St. Sebastian to Hilduin, Abbot of St. Denys, who brought it into France, and it was deposited at St. Medard's, at Soissons, on the 8th of December, in 826 With it is said to have been brought a considerable portion of the relics of St. Gregory the Great.

The rich shrines of Saints Sebastian, Gregory, and Medard were plundered by the Calvinists in 1564, and the sacred bones thrown into a ditch, in which there was water. Upon the declaration of two eye-witnesses, they were afterwards found by the Catholics, and in 1578 enclosed in three new shrines, though the bones of the three saints could not be distinguished from each other.

Because Sebastian was thought to have been killed by the arrows, and yet was not, and then later was killed by the same emperor who had ordered him shot, he is sometimes known as the saint who was martyred twice. The saint is ordinarily depicted as a handsome youth pierced by arrows St. Sebastian was also a defenses against the plague. The Golden Legend transmits the episode of a great plague that afflicted the Lombard (Rome) in the time of King Gumburt, which was stopped by the erection of an altar in honor of Sebastian in the Church of Saint Peter in the Province of Pavia. As a protector from the bubonic plague,

Sebastian was formerly one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Sebastian is the patron saint of archers and of a holy death celebrated answers to prayer for his protection against the plague are related of Rome in 680, Milan in 1575, Lisbon in 1599 and Balaramapuram in 1920 and many more.