Wednesday 9 December 2015

The Fool's Coat, Saint Edmund Gennings (2), English Martyr

Saint Edmund Gennings (2)

Saint Edmund is led from Saint Swithun's house in his vestments
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Edmund Gennings' DVD
Some time later Edmund Gennings and others were arrested and brought to trial. Nothing could any prove against them but one of the had celebrated Mass in Swithun Wells's house, and that one of them had heard the said Mass. Many bitter words and scoffs were used by the judges and others on the bench, particularly to Fr Gennings, because he was young and had angered them by arguing. To make him look ridiculous they dressed him up, not now in his priestly garments (in which they had before carried him through the streets), but in a comic coat which they had found in Mr Wells's house. On his return to Newgate, Topcliffe, Justice Young and others called and offered him his life, liberty, a benefice and promotion if he would go to church and renounce his religion.
Filming Saint Edmund Gennings
© Mary's Dowry Productions 2010
But finding him constant and resolute they thrust him into a dark hole, where he could not even see his hands or get up and down without risk to his neck. Here he remained without food till the hour of his death.
"These are they whom we had sometime in derision and for a parable of reproach." - Wis. 5. 3.
Reading for 9th December
Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales
by Henry Sebastian Bowden of the Oratory
For films about the English Martyrs:
Saint Edmund Gennings DVD:
Saint Edmund Gennings is an English Catholic Saint with a story of hope and joy.  Although he was only 24 years old, he realised that the people of Elizabethan England were being deprived of the Mass during a difficult time and so he decided to bring it to them.  His silence spoke volumes and he formed great friendships that went beyond this life, showing us what a deep but simple faith, friendship and the love of God is capable of achieving. 

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

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