Saint Sebastian has been a patron in the village of Garabandal since many centuries. Below we give you some information about this Saint.
St. Sebastian (France 256-26), a native of Narbonne and a citizen of Milan, was a martyr and a Christian saint, killed during the persecution by the Roman emperor Diocletian. Its name derives from the Greek sebastós, which means divine, venerable (that followed the beatitude of the supreme city and of the highest glory).
According to apocryphal Acts, attributed to Saint Ambrose of Milan, Sebastian was a soldier who had enlisted in the Roman army around 283 AD (after the common era) with the sole intention of affirming the hearts of Christians that he saw weakened in the face of torture . It was dear to the emperors Diocletian and Maximilian, who wanted him always near, ignoring himself as a Christian, they designated him captain of his personal guard - the Praetorian Guard. About AD 286, his gentle conduct toward Christian prisoners led the emperor to summarily judge him as a traitor, having ordered his execution by means of arrows (which became his symbol and a constant in his iconography). However, Sebastian did not die, was thrown in the river, because they thought that he was dead, found very far from where it was thrown, was rescued by Irene (Santa Irene). But then, having been taken again before Diocletian, who then commanded that Sebastian be beaten to death ... But that anyway, he would not have died, properly said ... He ended up being dead pierced by a spear.
The barbaric method of execution of St. Sebastian made him a recurring theme in medieval art - generally depicted as a young man tied to a stake and pierced by several arrows (arrows); In addition, three arrows, one on a spade and two on a spade, bound by a thread, constitute its heraldic symbol.