Friday 24 July 2015

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 about Saint Robert Southwell which took place in the Barn attached to our parish church of the English Martyrs in Goring-by-Sea, we also filmed some visuals of Saint John Houghton.
Saint John Houghton is the protomartyr of the English Reformatio'.  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.

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 Tudor Saint.
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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