Book of Saints – Gelasinus

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(Saint) Martyr (August 26) (3rd century) A comedian at Heliopolis in Phenicia, who, having to mimic the ceremony of Christian Baptism as an incident in a play on the public stage, was miraculously converted to Christianity, declared aloud his belief, and was thereupon stoned to death by the mob. (A.D. 297). There are other examples (the best known being those of Saint Genesius and Saint Telemachus of Rome) of the same strange way of coming to Christ. Butler quotes the historian Theodoret on the matter.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Gelasinus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 May 2016. Web. 23 September 2021. <>