Today In Fact, 25 August

Saint Genesius of Rome was a comedian and actor who worked in a series of plays that mocked Christianity.

One day while performing in a work that made fun of baptism he had a conversion experience on stage. He announced his new faith, and refused to renounce it, even when ordered to do so by Emperor Diocletian. Diocletian had him killed.

Genesius is the patron saint of actors, lawyers, barristers, clowns, comedians, converts, dancers, epileptics, musicians, printers, stenographers, and torture victims.

It is with seem appropriate then that Sean Connery was born on this day in 1930. The feast day of St. Genesius, the patron saint of actors.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer ( )