Saturday 21 August 2010

Saint Winifred and her Well

Saint Winifred or Saint Winefride (Welsh: Gwenffrewi; Latin: Vinefrida) is a 7th-century Welsh Catholic Saint. Her life of virtue, prayer and joy affected all who met or knew her. She was tutored by her uncle, the holy Saint Bueno and consecrated her life to God. Her encounter with a prince saw her flee his impious intentions and many miracles occur. A healing spring at the site of her decapitation and restoration is now a shrine and pilgrimage site called St Winefride's Well in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales and known as the Lourdes of Wales.

Saint Winifred flees from Prince Caradoc
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
In 2007 Mary’s Dowry productions created a new form of film media to present the lives of the saints. Mary’s Dowry Productions recreates stunning silent visuals, informative, devotional narration, and original contemplative music that touches your spirit to draw you into a spiritual encounter with the saint. Watch with your spiritual eye, listen with your spiritual ear. Our films seek to offer a window into the lives of our saints. Using your spiritual senses we invite you to shut out the world, sit prayerfully and peacefully and go on a journey of faith, history and prayer with this inspiring Saint.

Prince Caradoc arrives at the home of St. Winifred, seeking refreshment from the hunt
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions

For our film about Saint Winifred we recreated some key moments in her life with friends and parishioners in the barn attached to our parish church. We also went on location to Petworth Park among the fallow deer to film St. Winifred's escape from the Prince and also her prayerful, meditative walks. The original music in the film is uplifting and contemplative and the scenery and visuals are reflective, absorbing and beautiful. The portrayals do not have dialogue but run beneath the narrative and score. The film is a spiritual encounter with the story of Saint Winifred as she gives us insight into the beautiful witness she has left.
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