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Mission, Symbols & Patron

MISSION

Arrows RFC is a Catholic Community with the purpose of forming Men in Christian virtue through competitive Rugby.

SHIELD

One of the most common symbols in Christian art is the Chi-Rho. It is created by superimposing the first two letters (XP) of the Greek word for Christ, ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ.

 

According to the historian Eusebius, Constantine was at prayer to the Roman gods the night before the Battle of Milvian Bridge in AD 312 when he had the vision of a sign (the Chi-Rho) and heard a voice say “In Hoc Signo Vinces” or in English “By This Sign You Shall Conquer.” The next morning before the battle was to begin, he instructed his entire army to affix this symbol onto their shields.

Constantine would win that battle and go on to lead his army to reunite Rome and become Emperor. At the time of the battle, Constantine was not Christian, but he would convert to Christianity shortly after his victory. This was the first time that Christianity became an accepted religion within the Roman Empire and eventually under Constantine would become the official religion of Rome.

Patron Saint

ST. SEBASTIAN

 

St. Sebastian was an undercover Christian for most of his life. He was born into nobility and joined the Roman Imperial army to keep his cover as a typical noble pagan so that he could minister to persecuted Christians. He moved through the ranks of the army and quickly became a Captain of the Guard and an Imperial Officer.

Sebastian was discovered to be a Christian when he converted the Roman governor, Chromatius, to Christianity. Upon his conversion Chromatius resigned from his post and freed sixteen fellow converts from prison, which led to his discovery and reporting as a Christian to Emperor Diocletian in 286. The Emperor, who was already infamous for ordering the deaths of hundreds of Christians, ordered Sebastian to be killed by having him tied to a stake on an training field and used as target practice.

Archers riddled his body with arrows; his body was described as, "full of arrows as an urchin." Believed to be dead, the archers left his body for retrieval and burial. He was recovered by Irene of Rome, whose Christian husband was a servant to Diocletian and also martyred. Irene discovered that Sebastian was still living and she hid him and nursed him back to health.

Once well, Sebastian went in search of Diocletian. He managed to catch Diocletian by a stairwell and proceeded to criticize him loudly and publicly for his persecution of the Christians. Diocletian, surprised and enraged that Sebastian was still alive, ordered his former Guard to be beaten to death with clubs, and then thrown into the sewers.

St. Sebastian is the patron saint of soldiers, athletes, and those who desire a saintly death.

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