Praying for those involved in cinema and theatre

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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.

Prayer for Healing through the intercession of St Genesius

Lord Jesus,
you took pity on the blind Bartimaeus
and healed him;
you raised Lazarus from the dead
and freed Mary Magdalen from seven
devils to count her among your disciples.
You made the blind see, the deaf hear,
the dumb speak, the lame walk,
you cleansed lepers and cast out demons.
You preached the Good News to the poor
and bless those who are faithful to you.
Through the intercession of your
faithful martyr, Genesius,
grant your healing and consolation to the sick.
Give them the strength to carry their Cross
in union with you.
(We remember in particular _________.)
Help us to remain faithful to you in health
and in suffering, conformed to your Cross;
open our hearts to your will
so your grace may transform our lives.


To know who Jesus is, we must delve into eternity, to the Holy Trinity, and reflect on the Son, the Second Person who would be incarnate as Jesus Christ. The Nicene Creed reminds us that the Son, only begotten Son of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, begotten not made, of being with the Father, through whom all things were made. In the early Church, the popes and orthodox Christians found themselves in the middle of countless assaults on the person of Jesus and so time after time, and Council after Council, the doctrine of who Jesus is had to be clarified. On this first day of our novena, we reflect on Jesus the Word, True God, the Eternal Son of God, for whom and through whom all things were made, for whom and through whom we were made.

Optional Spiritual Exercise

In order to enter fully into a spiritual experience, be it a retreat or a novena, it is always recommended to begin well through the sacrament of reconciliation. The spiritual exercise to begin our novena is to go to confession at the earliest opportunity.

Novena Prayers:
“The Eternal Word”
Scripture Reading

In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being except through him.
(Jn 1:1-3)

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