Oil dedicated to martyr St Sebastian on prayer cloth
Martyr St Sebastian come from southern France and educated in Milan. He joined the Roman Army in 283 AD. Ostensibly to be of service to other Christians who persecuted by the Romans. Sebastian distinguished himself and for his excellent service. Sebastian promoted to serve in the Praetorian Guard to protect Emperor Diocletian.
While serving as a Praetorian Guard,Marcus and Marcellian twin brothers. They imprisoned for refusing to make public sacrifices to the Roman gods. The brothers were deacons of the Christian Church. During their imprisonment their parents visited them to implore them to renounce Christianity. However Sebastian convinced both parents to convert to Christianity. Sebastian also converted several other prominent individuals, including the local prefect.
Once well, Sebastian went in search of Diocletian to surprise him. He managed to catch Diocletian by a stairwell and proceeded to criticize him loudly. And publically for his persecution of the Christians. Diocletian surprised that Sebastian still alive immediately taken aback. But recovered his composure. This time he would not permit Sebastian to escape with his life. He ordered his former guard to beaten to death with clubs then thrown into the sewers.
This led to his discovery and he reported as a Christian to Emperor Diocletian in 286. The Emperor who already infamous for ordering the deaths of hundreds of Christians. Scolded Sebastian and ordered him to killed by having him tied to a stake on a training field and used as target practice.