Thursday, 20 July 2017

Saint Don Bosco - the MYSTIC

SAINT DON BOSCO - THE MYSTIC
His prophetic dreams - his important message for today.
 
 
"Don’t you know how terrible God’s vengeance is? Do you think you can restrain one who is fleeing from His just wrath?" - St. Don Bosco's guide
 
Saint Don Bosco's life was filled with the supernatural and the mystical.
Not only did he found specific religious orders and is known for his education of children, but in his own words: "DON BOSCO IS A PRIEST FIRST".
He was a man of deep prayer and devotion with a striking love for the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament, devotion to Our Lady and all of the rich elements of our Catholic Faith.
He was favoured with many striking visions which were conveyed to him in what he called 'dreams' but which he described as being as real to him as real life.
Why is he relevant today? Why is he important for England?
Saint Don Bosco has left us one of the most astonishing accounts of the truths of the Catholic Faith in his biographical memoirs. His special concern and deep anxiety for the salvation of the souls of children were manifested in his constant prayer, guidance and example. He refused to be silent about important moral realities and one of these was the sad and devastating eternal consequence of unrepentant sin.
In his 'dream' about Hell, Saint Don Bosco is taken by his guide on a journey that is rich with spiritual significance and a powerful tool for Catholics seeking eternal life.
 
 
It seems almost inconceivable today to imaging young people going to eternal damnation. Saint John Bosco is very clear about the seriousness of life and warned the young boys in his care that they must remain pure and close to Our Lady and the Sacraments. Life is short. Our greatest concern must be for the salvation of our souls.
Saint Don Bosco was also linked to England in a mystical way through one of his students Saint Dominic Savio. In our film about Saint Dominic Savio (due out this year) we cover this important element of Saint Don Bosco and Saint Dominic Savio's missions.
 
Our film about Saint Don Bosco leans more towards the mystical and spiritual part of Saint Don Bosco's life and message. While it covers facts and details of his life, we present many of Saint Don Bosco's dreams, writings and spiritual advice so that it is both an informative and prayerful way to spend an hour with one of our great Catholic Saints. It is good for a sombre boost when we feel in need of serious reality check. But it is also inspiring and a message of hope and Heaven.
 
 
SAINT JOHN BOSCO AND HIS DREAMS is available on DVD from
 
 
 
 


Catholic DVDs - films, biographies, history and the teachings of the Church in the lives of the Saints

CATHOLIC DVDS
The lives of the Saints - the teachings of the Church
 
 
Part of the mission of Mary's Dowry Productions when producing films on the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs, is to include specific teachings of the Catholic Church. For example, our new film 'SAINT AIDAN: APOSTLE OF ENGLAND' due out this year, has a clear and important section on the Precepts of the Church.
In every one of our films, the viewer will find useful elements of the Church's teachings which are often forgotten or not spoken about in numerous parishes, especially throughout England. Many people are unaware of certain elements of Catholic life and at a time when almost everyone absorbs information through visual media, it is a good means of conveying important and sometimes forgotten or unknown truths.
 
In our film 'SAINT EDMUND ARROWSMITH' we were able to clarify the Church's teaching on cohabitation. Saint Edmund Arrowsmith was betrayed by a young man whom the priest was gently but clearly rebuking for his immoral lifestyle. These great Saints and English Martyrs refused to remain silent when those around them lived lives contrary to the Church or the good of their souls.
 
 
Amazingly, and sadly, so many people have not even heard of the Precepts of the Church, with many hardly ever going to Confession, or many habitually missing Mass on alternate Sundays or not even considering going to Mass on Holy Days of Obligation. Our film 'SAINT AIDAN: APOSTLE OF ENGLAND' presents the Precepts of the Church clearly.
 
When we first established Mary's Dowry Productions in 2007, our main mission was to make the lives of the English Martyrs better known through visual presentation in film and to present reformation history and English Catholic history clearly. Our first film, 'SAINT PHILIP HOWARD; EARL OF ARUNDEL' not only shows how Saint Philip suffered for eleven years in the Tower of London and eventually died because he would not attend a Protestant Service, bit it also caused a stir in our own parish with many people ignorant of the Catholic history and persecution of Catholics especially during the so called 'Golden Age' of Queen Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan Era.
 
 
We were especially pleased to be able to present a film last year about Queen Mary I of England who is immediately known be almost everyone as 'Bloody Mary' due to the Protestant writers of England. A detailed look at her life and reign shows so many admirable elements of policy and rule and religious tolerance that does not feature in mainstream or secular entertainment or even historical presentation, although this has changed substantially over the last ten years or so.
 
In our film, SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE, we took the opportunity of Saint Maximilian's fight against Freemasonry to clearly present the Church's strong teachings and statements about Freemasonry, especially for Catholics.
 
 
Our film about the beautiful and inspiring life of SAINT EDITH STEIN has a five minute biographical look at Adolf Hitler which both Catholics and historians would find of interest.
Our film about SAINT PIRAN OF CORNWALL has a good, detailed section about relics, the history of relics and their importance and traditions throughout Christian history.
Our film about SAINT BERTHA: QUEEN OF KENT not only has a fascinating look at the Merovingian Dynasty but also the rise and fall of CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL as the seat of the Catholic Church in England.
Our film about SAINT MARGARET CLITHEROW includes information about Thomas Cranmer, the MASS and the Elizabethan policies.
We included a detailed look at THOMAS CROMWELL and THOMAS CRANMER as well as KING HENRY VIII and Protestant heresies in our films about SAINT THOMAS MORE and SAINT JOHN FISHER.
SAINT BEGA of BEES has beautiful teachings and quotes about purity.
Both SAINT ETHELDREDA: ABBESS OF ELY and SAINT WINIFRED AND HER WELL include miracles and the importance and truth of miracles, an element of church history that protestant thinkers and enforcers such as THOMAS CROMWELL tried to discredit and erase from Christian tradition.
SAINT POLYDORE PLASDEN affirms the True Presence of Christ in every particle of the Eucharist.
SAINT RICHARD OF CHICHESTER includes all of Bishop Richard's timeless teachings and reaffirming of 'married clergy' etc...
SAINT RICHARD GWYN is Co-Patron of the Latin Mass Society. His writings and witness encompasses specific understandings of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which he upheld and defended against the heresies in Elizabethan society, recognisable today.
 
 
Each of our films contains historical information and specific Catholic teaching which makes them useful tools for evangelisation and spiritual growth.
All of our films are listed and ship worldwide through our online shop.
You can also find our films on AMAZON under our seller name 'MARY'S DOWRY'.
We ship out in all region formats, worldwide.
 

A MAKER OF REFUGES - St. Nicholas Owen the priest hole maker, Jesuit brother, English Martyr, Tower of London

A MAKER OF REFUGES
Saint Nicholas Owen - The Priest Hole Maker
Jesuit Lay brother
 
 
In our 2010 film we present the story of one England's greatest carpenters and builders, Saint NICHOLAS OWEN, an Englishman who spent almost 30 years travelling England, constructing the most ingenious hiding spaces, priest holes and secret rooms in country houses, many of which can be visited and viewed today.
His mission?
To provide hidden places throughout England during Penal times for hunted Catholic missionary priests to hide and escape capture, imprisonment and often death for keeping alive the Catholic Faith in England.
 
Nicholas Owen is one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, a specific group of men and women who gave the ultimate witness to the truth of their Faith during the persecution of the Catholic Church in England over the 14th - 17th Century. 
 
ALMOST NOTHING is known of the early life and background of Nicholas Owen; but he was a craftsman of great skill in a little body, who saved the lives of unnumbered priests by his ingenuity in constructing hiding places for them. It is known that Nicholas had three brothers: John became a priest and worked on the English mission; Walter was a Deacon when he went to the English College, Valladolid, where he died, probably after his priestly ordination; Henry, the third brother, was a printer of underground Catholic literature and suffered imprisonment for his activities.
 
 
Nicholas Owen followed in his father's trade as a carpenter and builder, which soon became his vocation. Sometime before the year 1580, Nicholas was secretly received into the SOCIETY OF JESUS as one of the FIRST ENGLISH LAY BROTHERS.
 
Nicholas spent 26 years travelling all over England constructing hiding places for priests all over country houses, with incredible skill and extraordinary ingenuity. He disguised their construction in such a way that the access to them was virtually undetectable.
Built into walls, chimney breasts, underneath staircases and between floors, many examples of his hiding places still survive to be seen today. How many hunted Catholic priests took refuge inside these clever little rooms and holes and managed to be spared the gallows, torture or imprisonment?
Certainly a great deal of our great Missionary priests owe their lives to Saint Nicholas Owen.
 
 
What was especially exceptional about Saint Nicholas Owen was that he never made any hiding place the same, so as not to provide any clues that might lead to the discovery of others. Sometimes he made FALSE HIDING PLACES to fool the hunters and searchers so that, having found a decoy empty, they would depart, leaving the real hiding place undetected.
Saint Nicholas Owen often pretended to be carrying out repairs to a property during the day, but at night his real work began. He carried out his incredible mission singlehandedly, in great secrecy, at night.
Saint Nicholas Owen came to be nicknamed 'Little John' because of his small stature, which enabled him to get into some very small spaces. Nicholas worked especially close with Father John Gerard. In 1605, a large party of Catholics made a pilgrimage to St Winifred's Well in Holywell, Wales. Nicholas Owen joined the group and took the opportunity to renovate some of his hiding places in the houses they passed or stayed at en route to and from Wales.
Nicholas Owen was eventually caught and arrested in 1606. He was tortured mercilessly on 26th February during which he uttered nothing but "Jesus" and "Mary".
He died in terrible agony, tortured to death while refusing to deny the Catholic Faith or give up any of the priests that he so eagerly served.
 
Father Gerard afterwards wrote of him:
 
"I verily think no man can be said to have done more good of all those who laboured in the English vineyard...he was the immediate occasion of saving the lives of many hundreds of persons, both ecclesiastical and secular...How many priests then may we think this man did save by his endeavours..."
 
Our film 'SAINT NICHOLAS OWEN: THE PRIEST HOLE MAKER' has this inspiring, daring, devout and ingenious English Martyr tell his own story and is a good way to encounter one of our great English heroes.
 
 
SAINT NICHOLAS OWEN: THE PRIEST HOLE MAKER DVD
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

THE LAST COVERSATIONS OF THERESE, the Little Flower, prayers for the dying, FILM, Mary's Dowry Productions

The Last Conversations of Therese
The Little Flower, Saint Therese of Lisieux
 
 
 
Therese Martin was born to Saints Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin on January 2nd 1873.
At the age of 15 she entered the Carmelite convent at Lisieux, France.
With the religious name of Sr. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, she lived a hidden life of prayer.
She was gifted with great intimacy with God.
Through sickness and darkness, she remained faithful, rooted in God's powerful love.
She dies on September 30th 1897 at the age of 24.
 
 
The world came to know St. Therese through her autobiography, "The Story of a Soul."
Her sisters also recorded the words of Saint Therese during the last few months of her life into several notebooks.
Great insights into her spirituality and the workings of love and grace in her soul shine forth from the last conversations of St. Therese.
Therese described her life as "a little way of spiritual childhood."
She lived each day with unshakeable confidence in God's love.
What matters in life is "not great deeds but great love."
 
 
The inspiration of her life and her powerful presence from Heaven touched so many people so quickly that she was solemnly canonised on May 17th 1925 by Pope Pius XI.
Had she lived, she would have only been 52 years old at the time of her canonisation.
In 1997, St. Therese was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II.
 
 
 
"My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death," she said.
"I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth.
I will let fall a shower of roses."
 
Countless lives have been touched by her intercession, and millions have imitated her "little way."
She has been acclaimed the "greatest Saints of modern times."
Everywhere in the world, her roses continue to fall.
 


 
In 2011 we filmed several scenes from the last months of the life of Saint Therese.
Our film, 'The Last Conversations of Therese', presents many sayings of Therese as she approached eternity. We combined the footage of flowers and nature which Therese loved so much.
The film is in black and white and has many beautiful tracks of music taken from Bernadette's albums in her 'Holy Spirit' series, available through Mary's Dowry Productions on CD.
 
The DVD can be purchased in all region formats and shipped worldwide through our online shop:
 
 
 
Founded in 2007, Mary's Dowry Productions is a Catholic film production apostolate bringing the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs to people through film.

SAINT PETER'S REMORSE, Saint Robert Southwell, English history, Elizabethan poet, prayer

SAINT PETER'S REMORSE
By Saint Robert Southwell
Reading for 15th June
 
 
Saint Robert Southwell was a Catholic priest, a missionary and an Elizabethan poet who was executed at Tyburn, London for defending the outlawed Catholic Church in England.
Many seculars throughout the last 400 years of history up to and including the present day admire Saint Robert Southwell for his gift of prose. Catholics hold him up as a Martyr as well as admire and appreciate this young priest's gift for preaching, writing, poetry, love of the Mass, daring missions throughout England and as an intercessor for us today in the glories of Heaven. Many of his poems can be read today.
 
St. Peter's Remorse - an Elizabethan poem
 
IT is a small relief
To say I was thy child,
If, as an ill-deserving foe,
From grace I am exiled.
 
I was, I had, I could -
All words importing want;
They are but dust of dead supplies,
Where needful helps are scant.
 
Once to have been in bliss
That hardly can return,
Doth but bewray from whence I fell,
And wherefore now I mourn.
 
All thoughts of passed hopes
Increase my present cross;
Like ruins of decayed joys,
They still upbraid my loss.
 
O mild and mighty Lord!
Amend that is amiss;
My sin, my sore, thy love my salve,
Thy cure my comfort is.
 
Confirm thy former deed,
Reform that is defiled;
I was, I am, I will remain
Thy charge, thy choice, thy child.
 
St. Peter's Remorse - by St. Robert Southwell, English Martyr
 
Reading for June 15th from
The Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales
by Henry Sebastian Bowden
 
 
In 2015 we decided to film our own visuals from key moments in the life and mission and suffering of this great Jesuit priest, Saint Robert Southwell. We recreated the atmosphere and settings of Saint Robert's stay with the Countess of Arundel, his travelling, meetings with other English Martyrs of that time, imprisonment in the Tower of London, trial and execution at Tyburn. This allowed us to be able to present in a 30 minute film an encounter with this inspiring English Martyr, with historical information, facts and spiritual insights.
Our film is available on DVD in all region formats, ships worldwide from:
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

'Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy' - a NEW film, biography, devotion, Saints, FILM PRODUCTION NOTES, Mary's Dowry Productions

SAINT FAUSTINA AND THE DIVINE MERCY
Film Production
NEW DVD - June 2017
 
 
Film Inspiration
 
The Divine Mercy devotion has been part of our lives at Mary's Dowry Productions for about 25 years. We remember being interested in the events leading up to St. Faustina's Beatification and Canonisation, especially because our parish priest had a special love of the devotion. There have been Divine Mercy prayer groups in our parish and recently some of the young mothers in the parish have had a particular zeal for the devotion and set up a Divine Mercy prayer group which has been running for a couple of years now.
 
 
We were inspired to make a film presenting Saint Faustina's life and the message of Divine Mercy several years ago, but since there is already an abundance of good resources available for people to learn about the Divine Mercy we focused our efforts on biographies of the English Martyrs because they are lesser known and also we worked on projects that were specifically requested.
 
 
Over the years our dad has been asked to paint several large paintings of the image of Divine Mercy for parishes. Finally, last year, our own parish asked him to paint a large image of the Divine Mercy that will remain in the church between the statue of the Sacred Heart and the statue of Our Lady. So we set up the camera occasionally during his painting days and managed to film the image in progress.
 

 
We knew this would be especially good to have and use in a film about Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy during a segment about the painting of the first image.
 
Costume
 
 
The most important step before we could get started on a film about Saint Faustina was to have a costume for our portrayals. For this we asked our seamstress Cathy who studied the paintings and photographs of Saint Faustina with our mum. They then organised material and spent several months working on the habit and veil one afternoon a week.
Our 'actress' had to have many costume try-ons over the months as they worked on perfecting the habit. For the unique headdress they ended up using a Tupperware lid which was an original idea! The end result was perfect.
Meanwhile, a narrative was researched and written that would present the life and mission of Saint Faustina.
 
Filming locations
 
At the beginning of 2017 we finally managed to organise a slot of time to begin filming visuals. We decided to film our visual imagery of Saint Faustina at two locations local to us. The first was an Anglican church literally around the corner from our parish church. The grounds are lovely with a little rustic public garden. The gravestones are weather worn for the most part so it was easy to film shots without worrying about capturing English names and contemporary dates. Also, the church building is very pleasing to the eye. The second location was the interior and exterior of the Anglican church of Saint John the Divine in Patching, which required a five minute drive. We have filmed there for a few productions and it is a lovely, solitary and atmospheric location. 


We set out on two separate occasions to acquire the visuals and pretty much everything was against us. Every time we go out, even if it is the most still day weather wise, we are guaranteed to experience gales and gusts as soon as we set up our camera. We take this as a good sign that the enemy is annoyed about more resources on the lives of the Saints in production! Our filming trip to our first location went reasonably well. The next day the area was cordoned off and about a month of tree-cutting and gardening and then car park renovation occurred so we were fortunate to acquire our footage there when we did.
 
 
Our trip to Patching was more difficult. We drove there, set up and realised we had forgotten Saint Faustina's headdress. Rather than give up we actually went all the way back, found it and returned to the church. It was a difficult trip but we acquired some beautiful imagery that is very effective in the final film.
 
Film content
 
Saint Faustina's biography takes place in the beginning of the twentieth century. We have used relevant paintings and photographs from the Era and from Poland, including WWI and WWII, when needed. The film incorporates numerous events from Saint Faustina's life and we look especially at:
 
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
The image of the Divine Mercy
Saint Faustina's devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Saint Faustina's mission to pray for the dying
Saint Faustina writing her diary
Various words of Jesus recorded by Saint Faustina
The spread of the message of Divine Mercy after Saint Faustina's death
 
 
Below is an assortment of screenshots from our film showing Saint Faustina praying and writing her diary.



 
As in our 2010 production 'Blessed Alexandrina da Costa', we had a narrator record the words of Jesus that we included in our film 'Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy'. This is very effective and adds to the depth and spirituality of the film.

 
We used several paintings of the Divine Mercy as well as statues. For a segment when Saint Faustina saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus we were able to use one of our own family statues which Emily had painted. 

 
It was lovely to be able to incorporate several photographs of Pope Saint John Paul II in the last part of the film.

 
Music score
As of the writing of this blog post, the final film is currently with our composer. This is pretty much the last phase of the process with Mary's Dowry Productions film making and the most important because it creates a specific atmosphere unique to our film style. 
 
The music score for 'Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy' includes the use of:
 
Piano
Harp
Cello leading
Omnisphere
Mystica and Cantus phrases
 
"This score is more about the key that it is in that the instruments." - Bernadette Bevans, music composer for Mary's Dowry Productions
 
To read about the music composition for 'Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy' film, be sure to visit Bernadette's Music Blog for updates and information:
 
 
 
Film Release
 
 'Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy' film will be available on DVD through our online shop this June 2017:
 
 
Be sure to visit our website for full listing of all of films, shipped worldwide in all region formats, for new releases and for our film about Saint Faustina.
 


NO LEAVE TO LIE - Blessed Thomas Whitbread, Tyburn Martyr, reading for June 13th

NO LEAVE TO LIE
Blessed Thomas Whitbread - English Martyr
TYBURN GALLOWS
 
 
"I declare to you here present and to the whole world..."
 
IN the course of his speech from the infamous Tyburn scaffold on 20th June 1679, Blessed Thomas Whitbread, a Catholic priest, said before he died:
 
"I suppose it is to be expected that I should speak something to the matter that I am condemned for and brought hither to suffer; it is no less than plotting his Majesty's death and altering the government of church and state. You all know, or ought to know, I am to make my appearance before the face of Almighty God, and with all imaginable certainty and evidence to receive a final judgement on all the thoughts, words and actions of my whole life.
As then I hope for mercy from His Divine Majesty, I declare to you here present and to the whole world that I am as innocent of the charge against me as when I was born.
Further, I renounce from my heart all manner of pardons, absolutions, dispensations for swearing falsely, which some impute to us as part of our doctrine and practice; it is a thing so unlawful that no power on earth could authorize me or anybody so to do.
I forgive my accusers and pray for their repentance, otherwise they will find they have done to themselves more wrong than to me, though that has been much.
May God ever bless his Majesty, to contrive whose death and hurt I have ever believed to be unlawful. I commit my soul into my Redeemer's hands."
 
"Putting away lying, speak ye the truth, every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another." - Eph. 4, 25.
 
Reading for 13th June from
The Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales
by Henry Sebastien Bowden
 
(Screenshot taken from the Catholic film biography 'Saint Alexander Briant' by Mary's Dowry Productions, available on DVD worldwide)
 
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MARY'S DOWY PRODUCTIONS is a Catholic Film Apostolate founded in 2007 to promote and share the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs and Catholic heritage through film.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

AN UNJUST JUDGE - Blessed Thomas Whitbread, English Martyr, reading for June 12th

AN UNJUST JUDGE
Blessed Thomas Whitbread - English Martyr
TYBURN
 
 
Reading for 12th June
 
WHEN Father Whitbread, with four companions, was eventually brought to trial, the informers Oates and Bedloe swore to Whitbread having assisted at a meeting in London to kill the king; Bedloe gave as of his own personal knowledge what he had before spoken of as hearsay, and explained that he had intentionally softened his witness on the previous occasion. Judge Wylde told him that he was a confirmed perjurer and ought never enter the courts again, but go home and repent.
Father Whitbread showed the improbability of his conspiring with a man whom he had never seen, and who had been expelled from St Omer for his irregular life. He produced fifteen students who swore that Oates was at St Omer when he swore he was at the meeting in London.
"If this plot existed," urged Whitbread, "in which many persons of honour and quality were engaged, why are there no traces of its evidence, no arms bought, no men enlisted, no provision made for its execution? There was no evidence for the jury but hard swearing."
Speaking for himself and his companions he contrasted the known blamelessness of their lives and the vicious wickedness of their accusers. Nevertheless, Chief-Justice Scroggs directed the jury to find them guilty, and himself sentenced them to death.
 
"O thou are grown old in evil days, now are thy sins come out...in judging unjust judgements, oppressing the innocent and letting the guilty go free." - Dan. 13. 15-53
 
From the Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales.
 
Blessed Thomas Whitbread was executed at Tyburn on 20th June 1679
 
For Catholic films about the English Martyrs
 
 
As seen on EWTN
 
(Photograph is a screenshot taken from our film 'Saint Alexander Briant')
 
Keywords
Titus Oates Plot, English Martyr, Tyburn Gallows, London, English history, priest, Catholic, Martyrs
 


Monday, 12 June 2017

"We can." Blessed Thomas Whitbread, Jesuit English Martyr, Titus Oates, English Catholic history

"We can."
Reading for 11th June
 
 
BORN of a gentleman's family in Essex, Blessed Thomas Whitbread was educated at St Omer, entered the Society of Jesus, and for thirty years laboured with great fruit on the English mission. Made provincial superior of his English brethren, he preached at his visitation at Liege, on St James' day, 25th Julyn1678 (that is, about two months before the Oates persecution began), on the gospel of the feast:
"'Can you drink the chalice which I am to drink?' they say to Him, 'We can'."
He then showed clearly his foresight of the coming storm and much suffering in store for his brethren and himself; after saying that the times were now quiet, but that God only knew how long they would be so, he pointedly repeated the text.
"Can you drink the cup? Can you undergo hard persecution? Are you contented to be falsely betrayed and injured and hurried away to prison? Can you take it? We can. Blessed be God. Potestis bibere? Can you suffer the hardships of a jail, a straw bed, the rough food, the chains and fetters? Can you endure the rack? We can. Blessed be God. Can you patiently receive an unjust sentence of a shameful and agonising death? We can."
And this last clause he uttered as a prayer, with his eyes towards Heaven.
 
(From the Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales by Henry Sebastian Bowden)
 
Blessed Thomas Whitbread was born in 1618.
He was martyred at Tyburn on 30th June 1679.
 
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As seen on EWTN

Queen Mary I, Mary Tudor, History of England, Catholic Heritage - a film

Queen Mary I of England
Mary Tudor, History of England, Catholic Heritage
 
 
Last year (2016) saw the release of our film 'Mary Tudor - The Catholic Queen' on DVD.
The film is a historical, biographical journey with Queen Mary I of England told in her own words.
 
 
Film Production
 
We had wanted to have a film about Queen Mary Tudor in our collection since we founded Mary's Dowry Productions. She was the last Catholic Queen of England and remains the most maligned. It was a heavy task to research and write the narrative. While we did not want to be too biased we wanted to provide a film that is Queen Mary friendly because there is a lot of Queen Mary unfriendly out there. Interestingly, the actual historical documents, facts and information are all Queen Mary friendly, it is pretty much the interpretation and presentation of Queen Mary since the Reformation that has always taken a specific tone. So the first step in our production was to work very carefully on the facts, details and information in history and write our narrative presentation.
Next step was to find locations for our visuals, as well as the image that we wanted Queen Mary to have on screen.
 
FIRE!
 
 
Obviously we were going to include Queen Mary's most famous association with 'burning heretics' and that is how we open our film. For the imagery we drew upon footage we had captured while on location in Gosport in 2009 at the Living History Village. We open up the film with the Revival of the Heresy Acts, a fascinating part of England's history that goes back to 1382 and places Tudor governmental sentencing within the correct and whole historical context. The narration opens over the sound of the crackling of fire and the visual of the official written text of the 'Revival of the Heresy Acts' document of November 1554 - this is a very fascinating look at history linked to Queen Mary I.
 
 
BEDHAM RUINS
 
We had to present our own visuals of Queen Mary I to run throughout the film, so we decided to film outside and chose two locations local to us. The first was in the ruins of a missionary church and school located in a forest in Bedham near Petworth. We liked the idea of having the form of Queen Mary Tudor walking through a ruined building. The structure is very atmospheric and seemed to capture history. We spent a couple of hours in the eerie silence acquiring footage of Queen Mary I for specific segments of her biography.
 


 
BEGINNINGS
 
After the opening of the film with the Revival of the Heresy Acts, we go back to the very beginning of Mary Tudor's life, to her birth. In the context of history this is very fascinating and often moving and tragic. We made good use of portraits and paintings of the Princess Mary, following her through her infant and childhood years to specific events and circumstances in the life of her father, King Henry VIII, that shaped history and Princess Mary's life and future reign.
 

 
Of particular interest to us in Mary's private life was Mary's love of music and reading and later, when she sent cucumbers from her own garden to the pregnant Jane Seymour, showing her human and personal qualities and interests.
 
RACTON RUINS
 
For additional visuals we travelled to Racton Ruins outside of Chichester. This was a very eerie place with some beautiful views. We wanted Queen Mary I to have a structure behind her and this worked very well in the background. The various images and locations are interspersed throughout the film and give an overall effective presentation of Queen Mary I as a person, a living form, that we were able to run beneath the narrative of her life and reign.
 


 
FINISHING TOUCHES
 
To complete a film by Mary's Dowry Productions, the final edit is given colour effects and any special effects required. It is then sent as an AVI file over to our composer, Bernadette. Bernadette has her own music blog where she often writes about her inspirations and experience writing each film score. It can be visited here:
 
 
This is the most important finishing touch because the original music score flows alongside the narrative and visuals to complete our unique filmmaking style. In the music for our film about Queen Mary Tudor, Bernadette used a lot of Gregorian Monks in the segments about the Church in England, the dismantling of Catholic culture and the Mass. This is beautifully effective and spiritual.
Overall, the music score for 'Queen Mary I of England' draws the viewer and listener into the journey of the Queen, with special touches of instruments from the Tudor Era fused with several modern instruments. Some of the instruments used in our film score include:
 
STRINGS
EARLY RENAISSANCE HARP
LUTE
NYLON GUITAR
TRADITIONAL WOODEN FLUTE
SHEVANNAI
CANTUS
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'Queen Mary I of England' by Mary's Dowry Productions was a journey through faith and history in England for ourselves too and one that we are now pleased to have available on DVD worldwide. Having wanted to present her life and reign for so many years, we are pleased to be able to offer another source for anyone interested in the life of the daughter of King Henry VIII and Queen Katherine of Aragon. It is a film that delves into the history of England and England's Catholic heritage.
 
Our film runs for 55 minutes and very carefully and thoroughly presents the life, reign and death of Queen Mary I of England with our trademark style and approach.
We are pleased to be able to offer this DVD worldwide in all region formats in our online shop which can be viewed by following the link below.
 
 
Coming soon from
Mary's Dowry Productions
to DVD
'Queen Katherine of Aragon'