St. Genesius, Patron Saint of Actors
by Cole Matson
Apparently there is a new Catholic organization, only two years old, whose members are committed to praying for people who work in theatre and film. It is called the Fraternity of St Genesius, after the patron saint of actors. Here is a novena prayer to St Genesius, from their website:
Prayer to St Genesius
Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially…., commending him/her to your care.
Let us pray:
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Genesius was a Roman actor who was performing in a satire about baptism for the Emperor, when he heard and saw angels speaking to him, and realized that the sacrament he was mocking was real. He converted immediately, and the pagan Emperor had him tortured, then beheaded.
I was moved to find that there exists a group of people who have committed themselves to pray daily for me and my fellow actors and other theatre and film professionals.