St. Genesius (the comedian)
Feast Day: August 25
A member of an acting troupe in the 3rd century, Genesius was performing in Rome
for the Emperor Diocletian
. During a play mocking the sacrament
s of Christianity
, Genesius was the recipient of a mock baptism
. However, the baptism took and Genesius was instantly converted to Christianity and proclaimed his faith to Diocletain. When the emperor realized that Genesius was serious, he was not amused. Turned over to the hospitality of the prefect Plautian
, Genesius was tortured when he refused to sacrifice to the pagan
gods and finally beheaded.
Who’s laughing now?
Genesius is the patron saint of actors, of course, and also epileptics
for some reason.