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.


The greatest gift that Jesus has given us is the gift of himself in the Holy Eucharist. When his disciples first heard his teaching on the Sacrament, many of them were shocked, some even left him, and those who stayed did not understand him. The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Christ’s presence par excellence: he is truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is the Sacrament of union in which he comes to us, into our souls and bodies. He is the Bread of Life because he comes to feed us with himself: only Christ can give life to our souls and he does in Holy Communion. In those moments, as he dwells within us, we are called to savour his presence and allow him transform us. This is the most intimate union – more intimate and even closer than that of husband and wife. In those moments, Jesus the Lover comes to us, to woo us: in faith, may we discern his loving caresses.

Optional Spiritual Exercise

The Holy Eucharist is Christ’s gift of himself to us as our food. This should inspire us to give of ourselves and from our means to assist others. Today, give alms.

Novena Prayers:
“I Am the Bread of Life”
Scripture Reading

“I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never hunger,
he who believes in me will never thirst…

Anyone who eats my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As the living Father sent me
and I draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will also draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven,
it is not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but he who eats this bread will live forever.”

(Jn 6: 35, 54-58)
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The Bread of Life
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