Friday, 24 July 2015

The English Martyrs and the Rosary

Anne Howard, the wife of Saint Philip Howard, praying the rosary
Screenshot taken from 'Saint Robert Southwell' film
© Mary's Dowry Productions

From the start of Saint Henry Garnet's missionary work to defend and preserve the Catholic Faith in England in Penal times, he had encouraged Catholics to enrol themselves in a pious sodality known as the Confraternity of the Rosary.  At no time did he doubt that the fight for the old religion was to be won mainly by spiritual weapons.

From his own experience, Saint Henry Garnet set great store by the merits and prayers of the martyred priests, and it was this that made him their first and most detailed historian.  He treasured also the prayers of his Roman friends.  Whenever he wrote to Acquaviva he included a petition for his prayers and the prayers of his Roman friends.

Saint Henry Garnet and Saint Robert Southwell
Screenshot taken from our film 'Saint Robert Southwell'
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In Rome, Saint Henry Garnet had witnessed a growing devotion to the Rosary.  When Pope Pius V had called for a crusade against the Turks he urged all Catholics to support it with the regular recital of the rosary.  Devout persons in all countries attributed the victory of Lepanto to the widespread use of the rosary in the churches of Rome and Italy.  Garnet himself had witness the inauguration of the feast of the Rosary by Pope Gregory XIII in 1573.  Before leaving for England he had received from the Dominican General special faculties, reserved normally to the friars of that Order, to admit English Catholics into the Confraternity.  A crusader at heart, Saint Henry Garnet believed that prayer would be effective against heresy in England as it had been in the time of Saint Dominic against the Albigenses.

While Saint Robert Southwell was engaged writing the Supplication, Saint Henry Garnet wrote his first published English work, The Societie of the Rosary.  The title page explains his intention.  There the antiphon of the office of Our Lady is printed - Gaude Virgo Maria, cunctas hereses sola intermisti in universe mundo: Rejoice Virgin Mary, since thou alone hast crushed all heresies throughout the world.

In October 1591 Saint Henry Garnet wrote urgently to Acquaviva reminding him that he had already asked him for a renewal of his special privileges regarding the Confraternity of the Rosary, for he feared that they had lapsed with the death of the Dominican General Sixtus Fabri, in 1589.  Now he added a request for the new Master General to grant a dispensation from the rule that the names of members should be inscribed in a book. 

It was one thing to allow Catholics to risk arrest by keeping rosary beads secretly in their homes, another to draw up a list of members which if they fell into the hands of the priest-hunters would bring ruin to their homes.  To spread the devotion more quickly, Saint Henry Garnet was anxious that more English priests should be given the faculties that he himself had been granted.

Anne Howard, wife of Saint Philip Howard, praying the rosary
Screenshot taken from our film 'Saint Robert Southwell'
© Mary's Dowry Productions

Saint Henry Garnet's book on the rosary was widely diffused.  When the stock of the first edition was seized in a raid on Saint Henry Garnet's press a second edition was out within a year.  An engraving of the Virgin with her infant son appeared on the new title page.  This was Saint Henry Garnet's hope against heresy.  He was "fully persuaded" that Catholics should enlist on their side the power of Our Lady's intercession and "obtain from her a new rainbow, which being a sign of God, cannot signify falsely, but (must) most certainly foretell our comfort and relief"'

Taken from 'A study in Friendship - Saint Robert Southwell and Saint Henry Garnet' by Philip Caraman, S.J.  

Screenshots from our filming day of SAINT JOHN HOUGHTON, English Martyr

St. John Houghton prepares for his execution
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Alongside filming visuals for our film on Saint Robert Southwell which took place in our favourite location of the Barn attached to our parish church of the English Martyrs in Goring-by-Sea, we also filmed some simple and reflective visuals of Saint John Houghton.
Saint John Houghton is the protomartyr of the English 'Reformation'.  He was prior of the London Carthusian Charterhouse and when he was called upon to take the Oath of Supremacy he refused. 
 
Saint John Houghton during his trial
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At the Tyburn Gallows Saint John Houghton was permitted to speak.  He said:
"I call Almighty God to witness, and I beseech all here present to attest for me on the dreadful day of judgement, that being about to die in public, I declare that I have refused to comply with the will of His Majesty the King (Henry VIII), not from obstinacy, malice or a rebellious spirit, but solely for fear of offending the Supreme Majesty of God.  Our holy mother the Church has decreed and enjoined otherwise than the King and Parliament have decreed. I am therefore bound in conscience, and am ready and willing to suffer every kind of torture rather than deny a doctrine of the Church. Pray for me and have pity on me, my brethren, of whom I have been the unworthy prior. In Thee, O Lord I have hoped; let me never be confounded."
 
Saint John Houghton at the Tyburn gallows
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For our film presentation of Saint John Houghton's life we recreated some visuals of key moments such as his trial, his death and his time in prison.  We also portrayed moments from his life in the monastery such as his teaching novices and the three days preparation that he and his monks underwent before the Royal Commissioners returned.
At the gallows, when the executioner groped for Saint John Houghton's heart, Saint John looked upon it and said:
"Good Jesus, what will You do with my heart?"
There is a famous painting of Saint John Houghton holding his heart and we recreated that image for our film.  Our DVD about Saint John Houghton is due out in 2015, visit our website for its release:
 
Saint John Houghton holds his heart
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More screenshots from our filming day for Saint Robert Southwell

Topcliffe arrests poet and Jesuit priest Saint Robert Southwell for his priesthood in Elizabethan England
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Our filming day on Saturday 18th produced several scenes from the life, mission and death of Elizabethan Jesuit Catholic priest and poet Saint Robert Southwell which we will be able to present in our upcoming DVD (check out our website for release). 
Saint Robert Southwell was hunted by Queen Elizabeth's priest catcher Richard Topcliffe.  Here he is shown captured at the home of Catherine Bellamy. 
 
Topcliffe accuses Saint Robert Southwell at trial in Elizabethan England
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We also showed Saint Robert Southwell's trial where here Richard Topcliffe accuses the priest.
The biography is inspiring and interesting and the film will be a great addition to our DVDs available on the lives of the English Martyrs.
 
Saint Robert Southwell offers the outlawed Catholic Mass in secret in Elizabethan England
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Filming for 'Saint Robert Southwell', English Martyr.

Richard Topcliffe tortures St. Robert Southwell using the infamous 'Wall Torture'
Screenshot © Mary's Dowry Productions
We spent Saturday filming visuals for an upcoming DVD production on the life, mission and Martyrdom of Saint Robert Southwell.  The film is currently in production and will be released this year.  Saint Robert Southwell was a Catholic priest who ministered to the persecuted Catholics in Elizabethan England.  St. Robert offered the outlawed Mass, travelled throughout the country and was Anne Howard's spiritual director - Anne Howard being the wife of Saint Philip Howard, the Earl of Arundel.  Saint Robert was eventually captured, tortured, tried and executed for his priesthood and holding firm to the Catholic Faith. 
'St. Robert Southwell' - COMING SOON from Mary's Dowry Productions.
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Saint Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely.

June 23rd is the Feast of Saint Etheldreda.
To learn about her fascinating life be sure to see our film available on DVD through AMAZON UK, AMAZON COM and www.marysdowryproductions.org

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Interview with King Henry VIII, St. Thomas More trailer

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Taken from our 2012 Documentary 'An Inside look at Mary's Dowry Productions' this byte contains an interview with 'King Henry VIII' and concludes with our trailer for our 'St. Thomas More' film.
Our full length film 'St. Thomas More' is available from
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Saint Patrick

This new and original film presents the life and mission of Saint Patrick in a creative style that makes the deep spirituality and Faith of the Apostle of Ireland the main focus of the production.
With film visuals, an original score and informative details this is an easy, absorbing and spiritual encounter with one of the most well known Saints of the Universal Church.
Produced in 2012, filmed in 2009 this DVD is available worldwide from:
Mary's Dowry Productions
AMAZON UK
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Saint Winifred and her Wall, a film of her life, Holywell, Wales

Produced in 2010 our film about Saint Winifred remains a popular and creative way to learn the story of this 7th century Saint. 
With original visuals and an absorbing film score, 'Saint Winifred and her Well' is available worldwide on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions and AMAZON.
The films runs for half an hour and has featured on EWTN.
Useful for schools, parishes, families and friends.
The spiritual aspect and content assures that this film is not just for entertainment or information but a meaningful encounter with one of our inspiring Saints.
OUT NOW ON DVD.


Saturday, 30 May 2015

Saint Margaret Clitherow.

English Martyr Saint Margaret Clitherow tells her story in this hour long presentation of her fascinating and heroic life in Elizabethan York, England.
An original presentation for a detailed, absorbing and spiritual encounter with one of our English Martyrs, this film 2009 film is available on DVD through
Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.


When the plague hit 17th Century England

When the plague hit 17th Century England a priest named Henry Morse set out through London risking his life to minister to the abandoned Catholic victims as well as many protestants suffering from the epidemic too.
The priest was highly ingenious with a great wit and deep Faith that saw him bring the outlawed Sacraments and Mass to the persecuted English people.
When once arrested at the docks he pretended to be a foreign traveller who couldn't speak English.
He gave tours in Rome to tourists while he was studying for the priesthood.
He worked with St. John Southworth under the patronage of Queen Henrietta Maria.
He was exiled many times but came straight back into the country where the Catholic Mass and Catholic priesthood was outlawed.
He died heroically and gave a profound witness to the spiritual life as he stood beneath the gallows.
He is best known for saying that the country of England would never regain her former glory until she returned to the Catholic Faith under one head, the Pope.
This film takes a look at St. Henry Morse, the Priest of the Plague as well as plague doctors, the persecuted Catholic Church and this English Martyr's heroic walk to the gallows.
Available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions
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Saint Francis

Although his life is well known, in this film Saint Francis tells his own journey of conversion and profound sacrifice and love.
We look especially at his stigmata.
For something different and devotional on DVD:
This 2011 film is available worldwide on DVD through
Mary's Dowry Productions
AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.

Catholic woman hanged for her faith

When her husband was exiled, Anne Line dedicated the rest of her young life to providing safe houses for hunted priests in Elizabethan England. 
Her efforts helped to keep the Catholic Faith alive during the Elizabethan persecutions as well as make available the outlawed Sacrifice of the Mass.
Eventually captured by the government, Saint Anne Line refused to deny the Catholic Faith and declared at the Tyburn Triple Gallows that she wished she had been able to hide more priests.
She was hanged and is one of the English Martyrs.
This films looks closely at this young woman's journey of Faith and love as well as her deep devotion and holiness of life. 
Not just a biographical film but for the more spiritually minded Catholic.
A great way to learn the story of one of the English Martyrs of the Church.
Available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions
AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM
Ships worldwide.

Exiled Bishop

Looking at the life of Saint Wilfrid, known as the Apostle of Sussex, this film includes kings, princesses, Saints, miracles, exiles, councils, beauty and Faith.
Available worldwide on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions
AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.
A wholesome Catholic story.

Saint Edmund Arrowsmith - Exorcisms in Northern England.

Renowned for his silence, holiness and devotion, when Saint Edmund Arrowsmith chose to roll up his sleeves and fight, his intelligence, wit and oratorical skills saw him pitted against many powerful figures of the Protestant regime in England that was determined to destroy the ancient Catholic Faith of the people.
This film looks at the Martyr's fascinating journey which saw him hunted, imprisoned and released offering the outlawed Mass, performing exorcisms and ministering to the persecuted Catholics of England until his eventual arrest, imprisonment and execution at Lancaster.
Not just a biographical presentation but a film for the spiritually minded.
Available worldwide from Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM
 


St. Nicholas Owen - the priest hole maker, an ingenious English Martyr.

The climax of St. Nicholas Owen's story is set during the time of the Gunpowder Plot.
This is a great way to learn not only the biographical details but also the deep faith and love of the Catholic Church born in the heroic heart of St. Nicholas Owen, a Jesuit lay brother who spent his life creating and constructing ingenious priest holes and safe rooms to save the lives of many missionary priests.  He himself was captured and tortured to death in the Tower of London.
A fascinating journey of determination and devotion.
As seen on EWTN.
This DVD is available worldwide through
Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM

Saint Alexander Briant - Stigmata in the Tower of London - a soldier of the Cross

Alexander Briant, one of the English Martyrs, who was executed with St. Edmund Campion at Tyburn aged 25, gives a powerful example and witness to the Catholic Faith.
In this film we follow Saint Alexander Briant from his early beginnings in Somerset through to his missions during the dangerous times of Elizabethan England.  This young Saint was so devoted to the Passion of Jesus that he absorbed his mind upon Christ's sufferings while he himself was brutally tortured in the Tower.  He experience the stigmata where his own sufferings were forgotten in his profound love for Christ's.
Alexander died heroically for refusing to deny his priesthood.  The last of three priests to be executed St. Alexander watched both St. Edmund Campion and St. Ralph Sherwin murdered before he himself took his place beneath the rope. 
This film is not just a biographical presentation of his life and mission but looks at the spiritual aspects of the English Martyr too.
Available on DVD worldwide through Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.

Saint Thomas More - the Chancellor who refused to go with King Henry VIII into schism - DVD

Looking at the life and martyrdom of Saint Thomas More in an hour long feature presentation of the famous chancellor who refused to go with King Henry VIII into schism.
Beginning with his early life we walk with the Saint through his whole life including his law, studies, writings, friends, work, prayers, life at court, faith, family, imprisonment and beheading.
Not just a biography but a film for the more spiritually minded viewer.
Available now on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.

Saint John Fisher - England's Cardinal beheaded on Tower Hill 1535

A DVD presenting the life of Saint John Fisher in a film that looks at the deep faith and resolve of one of our great English Martyrs.
We begin with Saint John Fisher's early life and see the holy Bishop of Rochester during one of the most turbulent periods of England's history.  We learn about his profound and inspiring example of love and piety, sacrifice and prayer, the attempts upon his life, culminating in his stand against King Henry VIII. 
Includes the Tower of London, St. John Fisher's communications with St. Thomas More, his final days and death on Tower Hill.
Not just a biography but for the spiritually minded viewer, this Catholic film is available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.   

Saint Margaret Ward DVD, the story of an Elizabethan English Martyr and a prison break.

Saint Margaret Ward's story is presented in a film that takes the viewer into Elizabethan England and a journey of faith and bravery.
Looking at the life and mission of one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, this DVD presents the story of Saint Margaret Ward, an Elizabethan woman who risked her life to break a priest out of Bridewell Prison during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Not just a biography but for a more spiritually minded viewer.
Available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.

The Priesthood DVD, produced in collaboration with Arundel and Brighton Diocease 2009

A timeless resource for schools and parishes this DVD presents a dynamic and relevant look at the priesthood. 
Available from Mary's Dowry Productions and AMAZON UK, AMAZON COM.

Saint Mildred of Thanet, the English Lily of Kent and how she got that name.

Out on DVD, a look at the life of Saint Mildred of Thanet.
This film presents Saint Mildred's journey and spirituality.
Available on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.

Saint Piran, Cornwall, a film about Saint Piran and the history of relics on DVD

A film that presents the life of Saint Piran of Cornwall, looking at the Saint and his fascinating journey in early England.
Includes Saint Burianna and a look at the history of relics. 
Available on DVD worldwide from
Mary's Dowry Productions, AMAZON UK and AMAZON COM.  OUT NOW.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Saint Clare of Assisi Film.

A film about Saint Clare of Assisi produced by Mary's Dowry Productions available on DVD worldwide through AMAZON UK, AMAZON COM and Mary's Dowry Productions.
 
 

Saint Etheldreda Abbess of Ely, a film about the Saint of Ely

Saint Etheldreda's life in Saxon England leads her to Ely after a dramatic and determined journey to protect her purity.  This Saxon princess and Queen became the celebrated Abbess of Ely, her body remained miraculously incorrupt for almost a thousand years and drew pilgrims from all over Christendom to pray at her tomb.  This film looks at her fascinating journey and the church in London that is dedicated to her.  Produced in 2009.  As seen on EWTN.
Available worldwide on DVD from AMAZON UK, AMAZON COM and Mary's Dowry Productions online shop.

'The Secret Mass Room', Catholic film on DVD

This film presents the life and mission of English Martyr and Elizabethan Catholic layman St. Swithun Wells who provided a secret Mass room in his London home for hunted Catholic priests to offer the outlawed Sacrifice of the Mass for persecuted recusant Catholics. 
The film grows in tension as infamous priest hunter Richard Topcliffe gradually descends upon the house in Gray's Inn Lane while Mass is being offered by 24 year old missionary priest St. Edmund Gennings.  It was 28 year old priest St. Polydore Plasden who stuck a bargain with Queen Elizabeth's priest hunter, promising to surrender if Mass would be allowed to finish, thus protecting the Blessed Sacrament from desecration.
Both priests were arrested, as were several laymen and women including St. Swithun Wells' wife Alice and his servants.  When St. Swithun Wells returned home to find the secret Mass room in disarray he went straight to the authorities to demand back his wife and was arrested when he boldly declared he was a Catholic and supported the priests who had been arrested in his home.
This film is a moving testimony to one of our great English Martyrs, produced in 2010 alongside two other films that accompany the drama, 'St. Edmund Gennings' and 'St. Polydore Plasden'. 
All three DVDs available on AMAZON UK, AMAZON COM and from Mary's Dowry Productions.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Saint Francis of Assisi, film presenting his life, stigmata, DVD £10 AMAZON and Mary's Dowry Productions

Reissue DVD cover of our 2011 film presenting the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Using costumed visuals, historical information, narration and an original film score.
A creative way to encounter this amazing Saint of the Church.
Looking at spiritual aspects of his inspiring life and journey in an original film.
Available from AMAZON and Mary's Dowry Productions.

Monday, 4 May 2015

St. Edmund, English Martyr film, a courageous mission through Elizaethan England, hunted, captured, tortured and martyred at 24 years old.

Our film about St. Edmund Gennings is available from AMAZON and our online shop.  It tells the heroic story of 24 year old priest Edmund who set out on a dramatic and courageous journey throughout Elizabethan England where the Mass, the priesthood and the Sacraments were illegal during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  While offering a secret Mass in the home of fellow Martyr St, Swithun Wells, Fr. Edmund was arrested, escorted through the streets in his vestments, ridiculed, beaten, tortured and imprisoned in the Tower of London.  He refused to deny his priesthood or the outlawed Catholic Faith.  He was hanged, drawn and quartered outside St. Swithun's house where he had been captured, in front of a large crowd.  He is one of our great and inspiring English Martyrs.  Enjoy his story in a creative and original film that presents his tale on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions.
 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Nicholas Owen, Saint and English Martyr, the priest hole maker, includes the Gunpowder plot, Jesuits, Tower of London, £10 DVD from AMAZON and Mary's Dowry Producitons


Nicholas Owen, Saint and English Martyr, The Priest Hole Maker, DVD, £10.00, Jesuits, Gunpowder Plot, out now at AMAZON and Mary's Dowry Productions


Saint Nicholas Owen: The life of the famous priest-hole maker and English Martyr St. Nicholas Owen is presented in a visual story using historical, symbolic and relevant artwork, imagery, footage of nature and costumed visuals. This 30 minute film gives a simplified biographical representation of this English Martyr especially for those who have not heard of him. The details, facts and records are taken from various readily available biographical sources and represented in his own words; the narrative is from his point of view and begins with St. Nicholas Owen’s early life taking the viewer/listener through his whole journey, focussing especially upon his spirituality and Catholic Faith. This is not a ‘movie’ produced for entertainment neither is it purely a biographical documentary, this is a creative and simplified way to learn the life and spirituality of St. Nicholas Owen with visual aids to help the narrative flow.

What you will hear:

The narrative of St. Nicholas Owen’s life and spirituality written and spoken from his own point of view for the whole length of the film. Original music to accompany the narrative.

What you will see:
 
Historical paintings, maps and artwork; footage of nature, historical houses and items to aid the style and era; simplified costumed visuals of St. Nicholas Owen, his family, the Jesuits, his life and mission in simple settings presented to aid the narrative.
Length:
The film runs for 30 minutes.
Target Audience:
The film is suitable for all ages, aimed mainly at Catholics with an understanding of the Faith and an appreciation for the spiritual life. This film was produced to present the life of this Martyr to those who may never have heard of him and his inspiring mission. The film has proven excellent for use in parishes and classrooms with very positive feedback. It has been broadcast globally on EWTN.
The producers:
Mary’s Dowry Productions was established in 2007. The films presenting the lives of the Saints and Martyrs of the Church provide original and simple ways to share the stories and words of these heroic examples of the Faith.

Format:

St. Nicholas Owen is available on Region Free DVD worldwide.

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Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa, victim soul, model for the youth, DVD £10 worldwide AMAZON and Mary's Dowry Productions

Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa, DVD, victim soul, model of purity, available worldwide on DVD - £10.00 - from AMAZON and Mary's Dowry Productions


Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa:
She was just fourteen years old when this spirited and humorous Portuguese girl chose to jump out of a high window so as to escape an attack upon her purity. Her spine was irreparably injured in the fall and she soon found herself bedridden for the rest of her life at the age of twenty.  She did not despair however, and amidst unspeakable pain she entered upon an astounding vocation - to embrace a specific calling by Christ as a 'Victim Soul'.  In this documentary, the life of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa presents a deeply absorbing, thought-provoking and inspiring look at the deep love of Our Lord for mankind, Faith and virtue, at reparation, devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist and the need for mankind to convert. Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2004 Blessed Alexandrina has been proposed by the Church as 'a model of purity and perseverance in the Faith for today's youth".  
What you will hear:
The life of Blessed Alexandrina in a narrative telling her whole journey, mission and death, interspersed with quotes of Our Lord to Blessed Alexandrina. Original music to accompany the narrative.
What you will see:
Photographs of Balasar, Portugal including Blessed Alexandrina’s house and village.  Costumed visuals of Blessed Alexandrina and those associated with her story to help aid the narrative. The film is presented in black and white for 50 minutes, concluding in colour.
Length:
The film runs for 55 minutes.
Target Audience:
The film is suitable for all ages, aimed mainly at Catholics with an understanding of the Faith and an appreciation for the spiritual life. 
The producers:
Mary’s Dowry Productions was established in 2007. The films presenting the lives of the Saints and Martyrs of the Church provide original and simple ways to share the stories and words of these heroic examples of the Faith.
Format:
Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa is available on Region Free DVD worldwide.

St. John of the Cross, reformer, major figure of the COUNTER REFORMATION, mystic - his life on DVD £10 AMAZON OUT NOW

John of the Cross, Saint, DVD, out now at AMAZON and Mary's Dowry Productions - £10.00 -  the life of Spanish Mystic, Poet, reformer and major figure of the Counter-Reformation - OUT NOW

Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. was a Spanish mystic, a Catholic Saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest who was born at Fontiveros, Old Castile in 1542.  In this NEW film we look at the inspiring life of Saint John who, along with Saint Teresa of Ávila, founded the Discalced Carmelites. Saint John‘s devotions, prayers, writings and poetry as well as his studies on the growth of the soul are considered as well as his sufferings, love of the Passion and of the Cross. He was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation. His biography contains a wealth of inspiration relevant for today. Sacred art, paintings, photographs, a simple costumed visual, scenery, narrative and music combine to present a creative, detailed and devotional film presentation of the life of St. John of the Cross. This is not a ‘movie’ produced for entertainment neither is it purely a biographical documentary, this is a creative way to learn the life of St. John of the Cross with visual aids to help the narrative flow.

What you will hear: 
The life of St. John of the Cross in a narrative for the whole length of the film with various quotes of the Saint. Original music to accompany the narrative.
 What you will see: 
Historical paintings, maps and artwork; footage of nature, photographs; the text of St. John’s poem ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’, simplified costumed visuals of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila to help aid the narrative. 
Length: 
The film runs for 30 minutes. 
Target Audience: 
The film is suitable for all ages, aimed mainly at Catholics with an understanding of the Faith and an appreciation for the spiritual life.
 The producers: 
Mary’s Dowry Productions was established in 2007. The films presenting the lives of the Saints and Martyrs of the Church provide original and simple ways to share the stories and words of these heroic examples of the Faith. 
Format: 
St. John of the Cross is available on Region Free DVD worldwide: