Thursday, 13 February 2020

In the wake of the Catholic Emancipation Act

This week we have been finishing the narration for our film about Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God who is known as an Apostle of England and The Shepherd of the Second Spring.

God had been guiding the British people towards passing the great Catholic Emancipation Act that would reduce or remove many of the restrictions placed upon Roman Catholics in Great Britain and Ireland introduced by the Act of Uniformity, the Test Acts and the penal laws.
Catholics had been required to renounce the temporal and spiritual authority of the pope and Transubstantiation, particularly if they wished to serve in public office. The penal laws had started to be dismantled in the year 1766. The Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829 finally removed by law the most substantial restrictions on Roman Catholicism in the United Kingdom.

For 23 years, Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God prepared to come to England, suffering and praying in anticipation for the fulfillment of his calling to the Dowry of Mary.
His heart was consumed with desire for the conversion of England and Our Lady had an important role for her little Italian Passionist son.

When he learned of the Catholic Emancipation Act, Blessed Dominic wrote: 

"O quam bonus Israel Deus! O quam bonus, O quam bonus Israel Deus! O quam bonus! O quam bonus? O Lord, other words can I not say! O how good thou art, O my God! “Merita supplicum excedis et vota:”

Yes O Lord, for thou hast infinitely exceeded the merits of him that offered his supplications unto thee! often and often have I prayed to thee for my beloved England, and now when I least expected it, I have heard the joyful news, which I so much desired, of the Emancipation of the Catholics of that Kingdom. “Merita upplicantisexedisti.”

 But why do I speak of merits? What merits could I have, excepting such as would cast me into Hell? Not for my deserts; O Lord, but for thy own infinite mercy hast thou wrought this work. Not as yet, however, hast thou accomplished all my desires. No, my God, too much still remains to be done. My object was not merely to witness the Emancipation of the Catholics of England alone, but the return of the entire kingdom to the bosom of the Catholic Church. 

This then now remains for thee to accomplish, and this thou wilt perform, not for my merits but for the infinite merits of thy divine son Jesus Christ. My heart, O Lord, will never rest content, until I behold that which I desire. Thou hast begun the good work, and do thou vouchsafe to finish and perfect it, through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever liveth and reigneth one God world without end. Amen."

Mary's Dowry Productions film about Blessed Dominic Barberi and the Dowry of Mary will be released soon.

Monday, 3 February 2020

High Stakes for Souls (Film Trailer) Saint Alban Roe

NEW Catholic Film Trailer:

Mary's Dowry Productions new film trailer about one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales can now be watched here:

HIGH STAKES is a NEW Catholic film from Mary's Dowry Productions UK about Saint Alban Roe, an English Martyr, who had a high-rolling strategy for souls in England when the Catholic Faith was outlawed. Available from Mary's Dowry Productions on DVD and Instant Digital Download! 

 Saint Alban Roe was a convert to the Catholic Faith during Penal Times in England. Despite being expelled from seminary and getting into trouble with his fiery temper and often blunt wit, this pious and truly devout Englishman joined the Benedictines and returned to England as an outlawed Catholic priest to minister to the persecuted Catholics.

He was hunted and eventually arrested where he quickly learned the Fleet prison system that allowed him to walk the London streets by day, ministering the Sacraments, playing cards with prayers for ‘stakes’ and winning many converts.

This cheerful and often reckless soldier for Christ was eventually martyred for the Catholic Faith in England and is one of the celebrated 40 martyrs of England and Wales. Learn his inspiring story in this new Catholic film from Mary’s Dowry Productions.

Alban Roe was one of three Benedictine monks put to death for their faith between 1641 and 1646 under the ‘long, persecuting Parliament'. All of them are recorded by their contemporaries as notable not only for the zeal of their labours on the English Mission but also for their extreme cheerfulness.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Film prop hunting in Arundel, West Sussex for Mary's Dowry Productions


Part of the work of Mary's Dowry Productions is planning the visuals needed when presenting the lives of the English Martyrs in film. With very few images of the English Martyrs available in painting or engraving form, (often none), our film production apostolate developed the mission of recreating key moments from the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs for an original film presentation of them.

Over the past 13 years we have spent many a Saturday in THE BARN attached to our local Catholic Church 'English Martyrs' in Goring-by-Sea, filming on sets with a variety of props.

In January, two of the Mary's Dowry Productions team (founders Bernadette and Emily) headed over to our local historic town of Arundel for a rummage about the antique shops looking for some new and interesting props to dress several sets we will be filming on in March this year.

Arundel is where Mary's Dowry Productions began in 2007 with the inspiration to produce a film about the life of English Martyr Saint Philip Howard whose castle is shown above (renovated and extended in the 19th and 20th centuries) and whose Shrine is located in Arundel Cathedral.

Emily ran the secondhand bookshop in Arundel for almost 10 years (2003-2012) so the first port of call was in the antique shop next door to the bookshop. (If you like to read, Emily pens novels based upon her years of book-selling which are available on our website in paperback and from AMAZON on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle and paperback worldwide - all proceeds go towards producing the films of Mary's Dowry Productions) : BOOK LINK UK

A delightful surprise was to stumble upon this original modern oil painting of Saint Philip Howard hanging on a wall on the 4th floor of the antique shop. Sadly we don't have any room for it but for any Saint Philip Howard fans this is a beautiful work of art priced at £85 if you are in the town!

After a good rummage and discussion six NEW old items were purchased for March's filming day.

These are:

An antique screen
A Falstaff jug (see below)
Two wooden plaques
A welsh tea party ornament
Three very old looking bottles of wine (wine present!)
A small tapestry of The Last Supper

We look forward to placing them in our sets! 

Perhaps one day we will have a use for these...

This March we will be producing three more films about three more Martyrs for the group 'The 40 Martyrs of England and Wales':

Saint Ralph Sherwin
Saint John Kemble
Saint David Lewis.

More news soon! Head over to Mary's Dowry Productions YouTube channel for new film clips and trailers added regularly.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

HIGH STAKES - a NEW Catholic film about Saint Alban Roe

The life and mission of Saint Alban Roe - FILM

Released on DVD and Instant Video On Demand this February is a NEW film about an English Martyr, Saint Alban Roe, who is part of the group known as The 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

He started life as a Protestant with a fiery character, often rude, reckless and fierce.
When he learned of a Catholic in prison who was firm in his Faith, Saint Alban (who began life as Bartholomew) went to the prison to convert him from his superstitions and papist beliefs.
Saint Alban Roe was the one who was set upon the path of conversion instead.
His journey saw him seek out Catholic priests, read and discuss with them, pray and eventually convert to the outlawed Catholic Faith in 17th century England.
Saint Alban decided to become a priest but was expelled from the seminary for his rebellious attitude and leading people astray (he loved to play cards and was often found in ale houses) but he was pious, devout and fervent and meant well.
He joined the Benedictines, curbed his attitude and used his zeal and fire to fuel his missionary work in England when he returned as a hunted Benedictine priest.
Eventually arrested and incarcerated in the Fleet Prison, Saint Alban was delighted to figure out the corrupt prison system that saw him able to walk freely during the day about the London streets provided he return to his cell at nightfall.
He used his freedom for ministering the Sacraments and seeking out souls especially in the local taverns and alehouses, which scandalized the Puritans, but since he was a Fleet prisoner already they could do nothing about it. His wagers were prayers and many a gambler lost to this wily priest and payed the forfeits in prayers, acts of contrition and invocations to Our Lady which led many to conversion.

Saint Alban Roe was eventually tried and sentenced to death for his priesthood and for refusing to deny the True Faith.
He is an English Martyr.

HIGH STAKES looks at the life, mission and martyrdom of this lively and inspiring English Martyr.
Coming soon from Mary's Dowry Productions:

NEW Catholic FILM CLUB - FREE! 2020


This year Mary's Dowry Productions is launching a NEW Catholic media project.
A FREE CATHOLIC online film club.




Over the past year we have been making our films about the Saints and English Martyrs available digitally for INSTANT viewing.

At Mary's Dowry Productions VIMEO Channel you can watch all of our films (more added regularly) on iPhones, Tablets, iPads, Smart TVS, with Roku, Android and other devices and services.

This is a fantastic way to watch the films of the Saints and English Martyrs on your digital devices, with free clips and trailers available too.

We have had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback for making our films available digitally which has evolved into a new Catholic Film Club invitation for anyone, anywhere, to come along and get to know the English Saints, Universal Saints and English Martyrs through the new media.

Take a look HERE:

THIS YEAR - 2020 - we will be releasing NEW films about the English Martyrs and Saints. Look out for SAINT ALBAN ROE which will be available in the first week of February.

Saint Alexander Briant - God's Soldier, Pope's, Missions and England

Saint Alexander Briant - English Martyr

NEW film trailer for one of the English Martyrs, Saint Alexander Briant, a young Englishman who left to train illegally as a priest and return to Elizabethan England on the missions.

Mary's Dowry Productions LOVES the English Martyrs and this trailer shows Saint Alexander Briant's whole story as presented in our Catholic film

FULL FILM on DVD worldwide:

Saint Alexander Briant: From a young Catholic boy in Somerset to a hunted missionary priest in the City of London, St. Alexander Briant gained a reputation throughout Elizabethan England for being a Catholic force of good. He preached the Truths of the Faith not only during his celebration of the outlawed Mass, the priesthood and the Sacraments but in the shining example of his young, fervent life.

 Father Alexander Briant travelled the country in disguise, sharing hidden lodgings with Fr Robert Persons who organised great Catholic missions for the hunted missionary priests. Although he was eventually arrested, his time before his trial and death was spent showing everyone the power of prayer. He declared that he was a Soldier of the Cross and stood like an angel of encouragement for his fellow Martyr Saint Edmund Campion. 

Saint Alexander Briant is one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales. Our unique film production style has been praised for not only presenting facts and biographical information but a prayerful and spiritual film experience.

 Length and Format: The film runs for 30 minutes and is available worldwide on Region Free DVD.

He was born in Somerset, and entered Hart Hall, Oxford (now Hertford College), at an early age. While there, he became a pupil of Father Robert Parsons and he completed his studies with him at Balliol College, which, along with his association with Richard Holtby, led to his conversion. After leaving university, he entered the English College at Reims then went to the English College, Douai, and was ordained priest on 29 March 1578.

Assigned to the English mission in August of the following year, he laboured with zeal in his own county of Somerset. A party of the persecution, searching for Father Parsons, placed Alexander Briant under arrest on 28 April 1581. Arrested along with Briant was Gilbert Bodey, brother of John Bodey. Gilbert Bodey was scourged at Bridewell and afterwards confined to Counter Prison. He was released on bond, and when not called to appear, escaped to Rheims.

In the hope of extorting information, Briant was sent to the Counter. After fruitless attempts to this end, he was taken to the Tower of London where he was subjected to torture. It was during this confinement that Briant penned his letter to the Jesuit Fathers in England requesting admission into the Society, which was granted.

He was arraigned with six other priests on 16 November 1581, in Queen's Bench, Westminster, on the charge of high treason, and condemned to death. In his letter to the Jesuit Fathers he says that he felt no pain during the various tortures he underwent, and adds: "Whether this that I say be miraculous or no, God knoweth." He was twenty-five years old when he was executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered on 1 December 1581.

Through either malice or carelessness of the executioner he was put to needless suffering. Edmund Campion and Ralph Sherwin were also executed with him. Alexander Briant was declared venerable on 8 December 1921 by Pope Pius XI and beatified one week later on 15 December. Blessed Alexander Briant was canonized nearly forty-nine years later in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales with a common feast day of 25 October. His individual feast day is celebrated on 1 December, the day of his martyrdom.

The Miraculous Lights at Knock (film clip)

From the 2017 Catholic film (DVD - ALSO INSTANT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD) 'Our Lady and the Visionaries of Knock' here is a clip looking at the miraculous light at Knock as seen by one of the fifteen Knock visionaries/witnesses.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Saint Anne Line and the Mass - the English Martyrs and the Mass (FILM TRAILER)


Shining out from among many of our English Martyrs is one of three women who were canonized in 1970 as part of the group of Saints known as 'The 40 Martyrs of England and Wales'. Her name was Anne Line and she was a young Elizabethan Catholic woman who converted to the persecuted Church from Calvinism.

As a member of the outlawed Catholic Church in England, Saint Anne, along with her brother and friend, Roger Line, worked for the Catholic cause. She and Roger soon married but shortly after Roger was arrested with Anne's brother and their priest friend. Roger was sent into exile where he soon died, leaving young Saint Anne a widow.

The great missionary priest Father John Gerard gave Saint Anne Line as mission - to care for safe houses throughout England, where priests who returned to England upon secret, dangerous missions bringing the outlawed Mass and Sacraments to the people, would find safety and shelter.

Saint Anne Line was deeply united to Christ and offered her sufferings, including frequent migraines, in sacrifice for the Catholic cause in England and for the conversion of souls. She was eventually arrested during a secret Mass, imprisoned, questioned, hung up by her wrists for ten days in a cell, but refused to deny the Catholic Faith, the authority of the Pope, the Petrine ministry or repent from sheltering outlawed priests.

Saint Anne Line joyfully gave her life for the Catholic Faith in England at the triple Tyburn gallows.
Her story is available on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions worldwide in all region formats HERE as well as Instant Digital Download from our website to watch NOW.


The Sacred Heart of Jesus in England and throughout the whole world


Saint Claude de la Colombiere and the Sacred Heart in England:

It was saint Margaret Mary’s confessor, saint Claude de la Colombiere, who was specifically chosen by Jesus to take the devotion of the sacred heart direct from Paray-le-Monial to England in 1678. Saint Claude was a French Jesuit priest, confessor to saint Margaret Mary and advisory to the saint as she received the great revelations of the sacred heart of Jesus for the world. Providence sent saint Claude to St James’ palace in London to be preacher to the Duchess of York, Mary of Modena, the devout Catholic wife of the heir to the English throne, James II, who himself had converted to Catholicism.

When the infamous ‘Titus Oates’ plot broke out and a fresh wave of persecutions struck the recusant Catholics and Catholic priests of England, saint Claude met secretly with future English martyr saint John Wall and confided his admiration for the sacrifices priests were offering in the ‘land of crosses’.

St Claude declared he would willingly give his life for the Catholic Faith in England but was exiled after having completed his task of giving the spark of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus among the faithful English. In this film we look at the life and mission of St. Claude, England and the Titus Oates plot as well as the first shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in England, linked to Saint John Henry Newman.

AVAILABLE HERE on DVD worldwide.

England: The Dowry of Mary - NEW DVD release NOW available worldwide


NOW available worldwide in all region formats from Mary's Dowry Productions is our NEW film 'England: The Dowry of Mary'.

England: The Dowry of Mary

The unique title of Dowry of Mary for the country of England can be traced deep into England’s Catholic past. Its significance in Our Lady’s plan for this little country, which was once known as the Island of Saints, has meaning and importance especially now, not only for Britain but for the entire Universal Church. What is the meaning of this title, its history, roots and significance and why now, after almost 1000 years, is England being re-dedicated as the Dowry of Mary in March 2020?

Presented on locations at two important Shrines to Our Lady in England; the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead and the Priory of Our Lady of England in Storrington, West Sussex , we journey through England’s history, from Glastonbury, through the 11th century with Richeldis de Faverches and Our Lady of Walsingham, the lives of many great early British Saints, the Martyrs of the Reformation, the plots of King Henry VIII, the destruction of the Shrines and holy places, images and devotions throughout the land, the counter-reformation in England, the Passionists, St John Henry Newman, St Claude de la Colombiere, Saint Dominic Savio, Pope St John Paul II’s 1982 visit to Wembley and his request for the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham to be present, the Dowry Tour, the meaning of bells, the Angelus, recusants and much more in this unique and inspiring, informative and devotional Catholic adventure through England; The Dowry of Mary. Length and Format: "England: The Dowry of Mary" is 1 hour and 16 minutes in length and is available worldwide on Region Free DVD.

Please note: Due to the length of this film, those in the US, Canada, Japan and other NTSC regions will be sent a double DVD disc version in two parts. A small surcharge for postage costs will be added at checkout to cover this.


Monday, 2 December 2019

Dowry Tour VLOG at Arundel Cathedral, the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry

We were at Arundel Cathedral and the Shrine of Saint Philip Howard on Friday for part of the beautiful celebrations and devotions of The Dowry Tour which had arrived at the Cathedral of our Diocese. Here's a quick VLOG on location as Mary's Dowry Productions looks forward to releasing our upcoming film 'England: The Dowry of Mary' this December, to help explain the history and meaning of the title 'Mary's Dowry' for England.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

The Dowry Tour, Arundel Cathedral and the Shrine of an English Martyr

Mary's Dowry Productions was honoured to be able to join in the Angelus before the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in the replica of the Holy House in Arundel Cathedral this weekend when the Dowry Tour came to our Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in preparation for the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry.

Our Lady of Walsingham statue from the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk has been visiting all of the Cathedrals in England.

Bishop Moth processed behind the statue of Our Lady after Mass as it was placed in the replica of the Holy House for veneration by the faithful.

We were excited to see so many images of the Wilton Diptych about the Cathedral, which we took as our logo in 2007 at the founding of Mary's Dowry Productions Catholic film apostolate, sharing the lives of the British Saints and Martyrs through film and the new media.

The Dowry Tour exhibition

It was wonderful to see the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham near the Shrine of Saint Philip Howard, the Earl of Arundel and an English Martyr - a film about Saint Philip Howard was our first ever production.

The upcoming re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry is a very important event for the Catholic Church in England. We were able to produce a small VLOG outside the Cathedral as well as acquire some excellent footage for the end of our upcoming film 'England: The Dowry of Mary' which will be released this December 2019 on DVD and Instant Video worldwide, looking at the history of this unique title for England as well as many important historical events throughout England's history, leading to March 2020. Visit our YouTube channel to see film trailers and our VLOG: YOUTUBE

Children from the local schools carry the statue of Our Lady in procession

The Wilton Diptych shows the moment when on June 15th 1381, King Richard II, gave England to Our Lady as he Dowry. Our Lady holds the standard of England as a token of her Dowry. One of the Angels holds the standard cross of Saint George who is the patron Saint of England. On top of the staff is an orb with a tiny map of England on it.

It cannot be stressed enough the importance of this upcoming event of the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry. By this dedication and title, England has been set aside for Our Blessed Mother that we might receive her prayers and protection.

We can expect a great return of the Faith of our forefathers and foremothers and with this in mind we need to prepare. This will take great Faith and TRUST in Our Lord Jesus Christ and in the powerful intercession of our beloved Lady of Walsingham (Dowry Tour booklet).

Our new film 'England: The Dowry of Mary' has special presentations from two Shrines of England - The Priory of Our Lady of England in Storrington, and The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead, both with very special roles in the history of England.

Learn more about the lives of the British Saints and English Martyrs through film on DVD (all region formats) and Instant Video at Mary's Dowry Productions website:

Walsingham is England's National Shrine to Our Lady and its primary focus is reflection upon the Incarnation of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through meditation upon the Annunciation, the first of Our Lady's joys.

Friday, 22 November 2019

Preparing for England's re-dedication to Our Lady as her Dowry in 2020 with the Saints

As we continue to prepare for the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry in March 2020 we have been encouraged to make the 33 day consecration to Our Lady through Saint Louis de Montfort or Father Michael Gaitley’s inspiring book ‘33 Days to Morning Glory’. We have also been encouraged to get to know better the lives of England’s Saints and Martyrs who have not only impacted English history but that of the whole world, especially the USA and Australia. Mary’s Dowry Productions was founded in 2007 to help share the lives of the Saints, especially our British Saints and English Martyrs.

We have a growing range of films about many of England’s Saints including Saint Bede, Saint Etheldreda, Saint Edmund Campion, Saint Thomas More, Saint Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular and many more, with historical biographies from a Catholic perceptive too including Thomas Cromwell: The King’s Architect (a best seller for Mary’s Dowry on Amazon), Queen Mary Tudor and our film about ‘Richeldis de Faverches and Our Lady of Walsingham’.

 A variety of Saints DVDs from Mary’s Dowry Productions for November, the month dedicated to prayers for the Holy Souls, include several popular and several lesser known lives of Catholic Saints who had special devotions to, or encounters with, the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Our 2017 film ‘Saint Faustina and The Divine Mercy’ has a good section about Saint Faustina and the souls in purgatory, as does our 2017 film ‘Saint Padre Pio: Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry’. These two films are included in our 20th Century Catholic DVD box set which offers six DVD films on the lives of individual Saints for the price of three single DVDs.

A special film for November is ‘Saint Mechtilde and the Souls in Purgatory’, which looks especially at this 13th Century German beguine who lived the end of her life with the nuns in Helfta and was friends with Saint Gertrude the Great who gave us the popular prayer for the Holy Souls. She herself had many beautiful encounters with the holy souls and shows us the importance of praying for our departed friends and family as well as the forgotten souls. Also available to download and watch now with Mary's Dowry Productions Instant Digital Download.

 New film releases from Mary’s Dowry Productions this year have included Saint John Henry Newman, a presentation on England’s newest Saint which also looks at England, the Reformation, Blessed Dominic Barberi and the Passionists, young Saint Dominic Savio and the heroic lives of the English Martyrs which so moved and impressed Saint John Henry Newman – packed with quotes, imagery, information and devotion. We have been delighted that this film has been popular overseas, especially because the lives of England’s Saints and Martyrs and her Catholic history has had such an historical impact especially on the USA and Australia. Also available to download and watch now (rent or buy) with Mary's Dowry Productions Instant Video.

With the recent release of a new film about Saint Faustina by the Marian Fathers, our own DVD ‘Saint Faustina and The Divine Mercy’ is getting a lot of interest – our 2017 film presents the life of Saint Faustina, the message of Divine Mercy, the Chaplet, Painting, Feast, Diary and certain passages and words from Jesus in a special biographical, informative and devotional way.  This film is also available to download and watch now (rent or buy) with Mary's Dowry Productions INSTANT VIDEO.

 Mary’s Dowry Productions is currently producing our NEW film ‘England: The Dowry of Mary’ to prepare for the important and exciting historical re-dedication of England to Our Lady after five hundred years; a title which many kings of England, tracing back to the 11th century, regularly commemorated, offering this once called ‘Island of Saints’ to Our Lady under the unique title of Her Dowry in solemn festivities until the Protestant Reformation. In this new film we explore the meaning of this title, the history of Catholicism in England and how it affected the rest of the world, the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs, Walsingham, and much more. This NEW film will be available on DVD and INSTANT DOWNLOAD in December 2019.

 Catholic films make a useful and inspiring gift for families, friends, parishes and schools especially at Christmas. We will be posting out worldwide over the next month for arrival in time for Christmas, with DVDs arriving between five and ten days in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Take a look at Mary’s Dowry Productions website for a full listing of our DVDs, box sets, Saints magnets, CDs and our new service of Instant Digital Downloads.

Our films are all posted out in DVD in the correct region formats worldwide. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel where we have been uploading new film clips and trailers to help share the lives of the Saints and the English Martyrs: YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Friday, 8 November 2019

England's Mystic, Saint Julian of Norwich - England's Saints and Martyrs film resources

England's Mystic - Saint Julian of Norwich

Although not officially canonized, Julian of Norwich is widely regarded as a Saint throughout history, having lived a holy life solely for Christ as an anchoress. She spent her days in almost solitude, longing to be forgotten by the world, living in a small cell attached to the church of Saint Julian in Norwich, the Saint after which she has since become known. Even her real name has been forgotten to history, just as Saint Julian would have wished.

Saint Julian's day was one of prayer. She was able to observe Mass through a small window into the church in her cell and the priest brought her Holy Communion daily. She had a small group of acquaintances who respected her hermitage but who were drawn to her holiness, purity, radiant peace and deep Catholicism.

On one occasion, Saint Julian fell ill and thought she was going to die. She reflected upon her sins and her life and then was given Sixteen visions by Our Lord and asked to write them down. They are known as the Sixteen Showings, or Sixteen Revelations.

By writing them down under obedience, Saint Julian became one of the first women authors in Britain. The book was called The Revelations of Divine Love', and especially centered upon the Holy Passion of Christ, which Saint Julian especially honoured and adored.

The Revelations of Divine Love show us Christ's deep love for his creatures and Julian's authentic Catholic spirituality, as she mentions Our Lady's central role, purgatory, devotions and the Mass among others.

Her book remains a classic in Christian literature and has gone through many editions, translations and publications. Saint Julian is classed as a mystical writer, with mystical imagery and thoughts. The book brings encouragement and peace, especially through Our Lord's central message of Trust, Trust in His Mercy and that "all will be well".

Our 2016 film about Saint Julian of Norwich is presented in her own words as a specific encounter with this Saint, her life and her writings.

We have several excerpts and trailers on our YouTube Channel as well as the full film to watch for free - wonderful for a serious meditation with Saint Julian upon her writings and especially upon the Passion of Christ.

The film is also available to rent, purchase, watch and keep on DVD worldwide and Instant video from Mary's Dowry Productions.

As we prepare for the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry, we have been encouraged to meditate upon and read about the lives of the Saints of England and the English Martyrs. Saint Julian of Norwich is often associated mainly with the Anglican church, but she is a Roman Catholic Anchoress, a Catholic Mystic and is an excellent English Saint to get to know better, especially now.

For film resources about Saint Julian of Norwich: