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St.Sebastian Unit

                   ST. SEBASTIAN

       According to Sebastian’s 18th century entry in Acta Sanctorum, still attributed to Ambrose by the 17th century hagiographer Jean Bolland, and the briefer account in the 14th century Legenda Aurea, he was a man of Gallia Narbonensis who was taught in Milan and appointed a captain of the Praetorian Guard under Diocletian and Maximian, who were unaware that he was a Christian. Marcus and Marcellian were twin brothers from a distinguished family and were deacons. Both brothers married, and they resided in Rome with their wives and children. The brothers refused to sacrifice to the Roman gods and were arrested. They were visited by their parents Tranquillinus and Martia in prison, who attempted to persuade them to renounce Christianity.

Sebastian succeeded in converting Tranquillinus and Martia, as well as Saint Tiburtius, the son of Chromatius, the local prefect. Another official, Nicostratus, and his wife Zoe were also converted. It has been said that Zoe had been a mute for six years; however, she made known to Sebastian her desire to be converted to Christianity. As soon as she had, her speech returned to her. Nicostratus then brought the rest of the prisoners; these 16 persons were also converted by Sebastian.

Chromatius and Tiburtius converted; Chromatius set all of his prisoners free from jail, resigned his position, and retired to the country in Campania. Marcus and Marcellian, after being concealed by a Christian named Castulus, were later martyred, as were Nicostratus, Zoe, and Tiburtius.

Martyrdom

Reliquary of St Sebastian, around 1497 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Diocletian reproached Sebastian for his supposed betrayal, and he commanded him to be led to a field and there to be bound to a stake so that archers would shoot arrows at him. “And the archers shot at him till he was as full of arrows as an urchin,” leaving him there 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 she discovered he was still alive. She brought him back to her house and nursed him back to health. The other residents of the house doubted he was a Christian. One of those was a girl who was blind. Sebastian asked her “Do you wish to be with God?”, and made the sign of the Cross on her head. “Yes”, she replied, and immediately regained her sight.

Sebastian later stood on a step and harangued Diocletian as he passed by; the emperor had Sebastian beaten to death, and his body was thrown into a privy. But in an apparition, Sebastian told a Christian widow where they might find his body undefiled and bury it “at the catacombs by the apostles.” Because of this, Sebastian is sometimes known as the saint who was martyred twice.

Of the miraculous effect of the example of Sebastian, the Golden Legend reports,

… Saint Gregory telleth in the first book of his Dialogues that a woman of Tuscany which was new wedded was prayed for to go with other women to the dedication of the church of Sebastian, and the night tofore she was so moved in her flesh that she might not abstain from her husband, and on the morn, she having greater shame of men than of God, went thither, and anon as she was entered into the oratory where the relics of Saint Sebastian were, the fiend took her and tormented her before all the people.

Sebastian was also said to be a defense against the plague. The Golden Legend transmits the episode of a great plague that afflicted the Lombards 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.

St. Sebastian, Andrea Mantegna, 1480, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Remains reputed to be those of Sebastian are housed in Rome in the Basilica Apostolorum, built by Pope Damasus I in 367 on the site of the provisional tomb of Saints Peter and Paul. The church, today called San Sebastiano fuori le mura, was rebuilt in the 1610s under the patronage of Scipione Borghese. Others sources assert that his body would have been carried from Rome to Saint Medard Abbey in Soissons, France.

Sebastian’s cranium was brought to the town of Ebersberg (Germany) in 934. A Benedictine abbey was founded there and became one of the most important pilgrimage sites in southern Germany. It is said the silver-encased cranium was used as a cup in which to present wine to the faithful during the feast of Saint Sebastian.

Sl.F. IDFamily NameFamily Head NameAtm. Ref NoPhone No.
405ParekkattilIttimathew , Chakkappan
406KanjootharaDevassykutty , Ouseph430
407PunnakkalAnnam , Kunjuvarkey457
408Mamminissery ThokkudamSebastian , Devassy434
409PuthiyaparambilThreesia ( Lissy Johny) 467
410Thettayil EdattukaranJohnson , Anthony454
411PayyapillyVarghees , P.D.Poulose
412EdattukaranOuseph ( E.T.Joseph) 427
437KanjutharaAnna (Annies Antony) 429
10 439PayyappillyPiloth , Devassy433
11 440KanjootharaThomas , Kochappan431
12 441Edattukaran, Kunjipilo442
13 442AttokaranJohny , Devassy437
14 443EdattukaranVaronica (Lilly Jacob) 443
15 444PazhuparampilJoseph , Paily440/2
16 445KanjootharaAnthony , Ouseph436
17 446EdattukaranJose (Jose) 317991665168
18 447Kalapurakkal.. (K O Thomas) 423/22895496
19 448PettikkalAntony (Antony Ouseph) 446/29447686755
20 449PettikkalElia (Kunjeelakutty Devasy) 4452897165
21 450KadicheeniKuriakose (K T Kuruvila) 4219447150504
22 451KanjutharaAnnamma (Annamkutty Anthony) 452
23 453Payyappilly.. , Devasy4252893410
24 454Kanjuthara. (Elsy Poulose) 428/29497071198
25 455CheriekaraAnto (C T Anto) 4249895820414
26 1111Edattukaran.. (E C George) 435/22890156
27 1119ParekattilIttimathu (Mathan)
28 1302EdattukaranMathu , Joseph426
29 1513VadakkumcheryJohny , Varuthutty481/2
30 1640Edattukaran, Jose442/2
31 1655EdattukarnaThressyamma (Thressyamma) 456/2
32 1658KavungalOuseph (Jose K D) 439/2
33 1670KalapurakkalVarghese (Saju) 482/2
34 1699EdathiparambanRappai , Ouseph210/4
      
      

 

Unit Meetings

 

Sl.No Date & Time Place/House Name
1 Feb-08-2015,03:00PM ……………………..
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3 Feb-08-2015,03:00PM …………………….
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Committe Members
P.D PAUL

P.D PAUL

President

Contact Details: Payyapilly House, Kavanad, Mala P.O Pin:680732
Mob:8606590181

PHILOMINA

PHILOMINA

Vice President

Contact Details: Petikkal House, Kavanad, Mala-680732

NITHA WILSON

NITHA WILSON

Sectary

Contact Details: Kanjoothara House, Kavanad, Mala P.O Pin:680732

JIBI SHONY

JIBI SHONY

Joint-Sectary

Contact Details: Edattikaran House, Kavanad, Mala P.O Pin:680732