Corona of St Genesius
Praying for those involved in cinema and theatre
A new devotion composed in honour of St Genesius has just been granted the Imprimatur by Bishop Michael Smith. The Imprimatur is the Church’s official mark of approval on a prayer or text testifying that there is nothing contrary to the faith in the text. The new devotion, called the Corona of St Genesius, a chaplet composed as a means of seeking the intercession of the martyr.
The Corona consists of the traditional prayers of the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, a short verse intercession and Glory be (ten times), followed by the Hail Mary, an invocation to the Immaculate Heart and finishing with the Fraternity prayer to St Genesius. As the prayer calls on the intercession of the martyr, and the intercession of the blood of the martyrs, it is hoped the Corona will prove a powerful prayer for those in need. Special Corona beads (pictured), featuring a medal of StGenesius, have been designed, and the men of the Cenacolo community near Our Lady’s Shrine in Knock have agreed to produce them. The beads can also be used as a decade rosary. The beads with an explanatory prayer card can be obtained from the Fraternity and will also be available at Fraternity events and ceremonies. The beads cost €2.50 each, a price which simply covers the cost of manufacture. If making a request in writing please enclose €2 extra to cover post and packaging.
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
On the Cross:
The Apostles’ Creed
On the first bead:
On each of the ten beads:
V. Through the intercession of St Genesius
and the blood of the Holy Martyrs,
R. strengthen us with your grace, O Lord,
and save us by the Blood of the Lamb.
V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
R. as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
On the single bead at the end:
V. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us:
R. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
On the medal:
All: 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 prayer, I remember most especially …., commending him/her /them 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.
Imprimatur: + Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath. 27th May 2008
How to Pray the Corona