ST. GENESIUS, OF ARLES, M.
HE was a public notary in the city of Arles, and a
catechumen at a time when Maximian Herculeus arrived there. An
imperial edict against the Christians, which was then in force, was
put into his hands to transcribe; but he, rather than to concur to
such a criminal injustice, threw away his pencil, and secretly left
the town in order to hide himself; but he was overtaken, and beheaded
on the banks of the Rhone, about the beginning of the fourth century.
See his genuine acts in Ruinart. He is mentioned as the glory of the
city of Arles, by Prudentius, Hymn. 7, v. 36, by St. Gregory of
Tours, St. Eucherius, and the ancient martyrologies.