Medals of the church are more than coins or jewelry to commemorate
a purpose. Religious medals not only commemorate people, places
or events, but they also are used to commemorate the order of
ideas or personal graces, such as a First Communion or divine
attributes, or lessons of piety. The early church used medals
and charms as a devotional symbol, such as the patron saint medallion
St. Genesius was an actor/comedian during his time and was thought
to have converted to Christianity during an anti-Christian play
he was performing for Emperor Diocletian. The legend states that
he heard angels during his performance and converted to Christianity
right then and there, which enraged the Emperor and ordered Saint
Genesius to renounce his faith. St. Genesius refused and was subsequently
beheaded around 303AD, becoming a martyr for the Christian church.
St. Genesius of Rome has a few poses each with different items
in the picture. For instance, one of the St. Genesius medals is
a head shot with a cross, the words "actor" and "martyr"
stamped on the medal, along with "St Genesius". There
are also some medals that have "pray for us" engraved
on it as well.
Some of the other poses attributed to Saint Genesius are of him
standing with a staff and theater masks, or him standing with
a staff next to a baptismal font. There are also statues available
that come with a prayer card. A ceramic plaque has been made which
pictures St. Genesius standing next to the baptismal font, holding
a sword, theater mask and guitar.
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