In the 3rd century, an actor named Genesius wanted to impress the emperor, who hated Christians. Genesius tricked the local Christian community into teaching him about Baptism, so that he could mock the sacrament in a comic play. But while performing, Genesius was suddenly overwhelmed with faith in Jesus. The actor publicly announced on stage that he wanted to become a Christian. At this, the angry emperor had Genesius beheaded.
Feast Day: August 25
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