Saturday 16 May 2015

'The Secret Mass Room', Catholic film on DVD, spiritually engaging and moving, new media, Saint Swithun Wells, Mary's Dowry Productions, English Martyr

A Country Gentleman
Saint Swithun Wells - Layman

His father was renowned in Hampshire as a confessor for the faith; Swithun himself was kindly, courteous, generous, brave, a country gentleman fond of country diversions. Much of his diversions he gave up, however to train youths in the faith and learning - that is, he kept a school - in Wiltshire. Afterwards he went to London, and was there condemned for having had Mass in his house; he was led out to die with his wife, sentence for the same offence. She was reprieved, and after ten years in Newgate died, still in prison, in 1602.

Saint Swithun Wells and his wife Alice in prison
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Swithun Wells' DVD

On Swithun's way to the scaffold, set up opposite his own door, he saw a man he knew, and called out to him, "Farewell, old friend! Farewell hawking and hunting and old pastimes; I am now going a better way." The butchery of Gennings being over, "Despatch," said Wells, "Mr. Topcliffe, despatch; are you not ashamed to let an old man stand here so long in his shirt in the cold?" Then, after apologizing for a rude remark, about Topcliffe's parentage, he added, "I pray God make you, of a Saul, a Paul." And in such-like speeches, full of charity and courage, he happily ended his course.

"He was a stout hunter before the Lord." - Gen.10, 9.

From 'Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales'
by Henry Sebastian Bowden of the Oratory - Reading for 11th December

Saint Swithun at the gallows outside his own home with Richard Topcliffe
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Swithun Wells' DVD
Mary's Dowry Productions loves to recreate key moments from the life of a Saint or Martyr using historical costume, beautiful backdrops and props. These recreations run silently, with no dialogue, beneath a narration that combines with original contemplative music aiding in the spiritual encounter.

Saint Swithun Wells:
Saint Swithun Wells left us an inspiring message of joy and kindness even during troubled times. Our film about Saint Swithun Wells runs for thirty minutes.
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 Saint Swithun Wells.
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