|Pincushion from the Unemployed Philosphers Guild|
The story of Sebastian was pretty entertaining, as legends about saints go. He was the Captain of the Guards for the Roman Emperor Diocletian until he was denounced as a Christian. He refused to renounce his faith, so the Emperor wistfully ordered that the Captain be tied to a tree and shot full of arrows. As you see, some artists imagine that he fairly bristled with them, while other figured that the first could would kill him. However many hits they actually scored, they left him for dead.
|Point blank: How could they fail, even in clown suits?|
|Hedgehog, but showing no pain|
In Yukio Mishima's Confessions of a Mask, the main character has a homosexual awakening when looking at a depiction of the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. One blog referred to him as a "gay icon." Why not? If I can designate someone as the patron of curricula vitarum, I've opened the door for some other blogger to declare Sebastian the patron of homoerotic art. And in the spirit of those who keep their own Canons...
Last year, I proclaimed January 20 Diocletian's Feast as well. He's not a saint, not a beatus, and though he was venerable, we cannot venerate the old cabbage farmer. If you want my reasons for dedicating the day to him, you'll find them here.