Hymns for the feast of St Sebastian (20 January)

This is a selection of hymns for the feast of Saint Sebastian.

The hymn suggestions below are based on the themes from his patronages, life and ministry, because no hymns specifically about Sebastian have been found.

About St Sebastian

Patron of archers, athletes and soldiers, and of a holy death. Also of several cities in Italy, Spain and Brazil.

A soldier in the Roman army, Sebastian converted many people to Christianity, and he he is known for curing a deaf mute. He is the patron saint of athletes because of his physical endurance and energetic defence of the faith.

Sebastian is often shown in art tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows, although, according to legend, he did not die from this event but was actually rescued and healed by Irene of Rome.

In Greco-Roman mythology, the archer god, Apollo, is the deliverer from pestilence, and Christian folklore represents this by crediting with this Sebastian as delivering Rome from from a raging pestilence - and later as a protector from the bubonic plague.

Sebastian died in approx 288 AD. Common belief is that je was killed during the emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians, after warning the emperor about his sins.

Free-use hymns

For all the Saints, with verse:
Sebastian, soldier who bravely lead
The people to Jesus, until his heart bled
From arrows that pierced it and left him for dead
Our patron martyr, with vestments red!
Abide with Me

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Fight the Good Fight

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

He Leadeth Me

I'm in the Lord's Army (for children)

In Christ there is no East or West

Jesus Good Above all Other

Onward Christian Soldiers

Soldiers of Christ Arise

There is Power in the Blood

Hymns which may still be copyright

Beauty for Brokenness

Chasing - Hall

Come to be our hope, Lord Jesus - Maraschin

Let the Peace of God Reign - Zschech

Let us run with Perseverance - Morris

Lord, for the Years - Dudley-Smith

Marvellous Light - Hall

Mighty to Save - Fielding / Morgan

O Lord the Clouds are Gathering - Kendrick

Run - Joel Houston

Running - Kuehn

Sing we Now the Glorious Martyrs - Glen

We are Called to Stand Together - Leckebusch

We Bring you Lord our Prayer and Praise - Dudley-Smith

We'll Walk the Land - Kendrick

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