Saturday, 30 May 2015

Saint Margaret Clitherow.

English Martyr Saint Margaret Clitherow tells her story in this hour long presentation of her life in Elizabethan York, England.

In the historical context of Saint Margaret's time in history, the spiritual aspects of her faith bore fruit in her simple daily tasks, fulfilled in her intention of serving her fellow York citizens, sheltering hunted priests and making sure that her children received a proper Catholic education in a climate of Elizabethan hostility.  Her conflict with the Earl of Huntington, Queen Elizabeth I's cousin, culminated in a poignant and moving witness for the Catholic Church in England.  She is held up and remembered inspiringly for Christians today. 
 
Saint Margaret Clitherow and her butcher's shop in The Shambles, York
© 2009 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Margaret Clitherow' DVD

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 Margaret Clitherow. Closing the distance of time between Elizabethan England and the present day, encounter this inspiring young wife and mother. 

Length and Format: 

The film runs for one hour and is available on Region Free DVD worldwide.

 
This 2009 film is available on DVD through
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Mary's Dowry Productions was created in 2007 and has featured on EWTN.
We are dedicated to bringing the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs especially in English history to people.


Saint Henry Morse, English Martyr, Priest of the Plague, a film of his life and mission, Catholic Saint, Mother Teresa, missionary

Like Mother Teresa, Saint Henry Morse went among the most forgotten of society during a troubled time in England's history.
Saint Henry Morse was a priest who loved God and those around him very deeply. His joy and kindness radiated from him, affecting those especially in most need. He was known as the priest of the plague due to his missions among the sick and suffering people of England. Even though he contracted the illness himself, he was cured from the plague through prayer and continued his mission of love and service. He has left us a beautiful story of faith very relevant today.

Saint Henry Morse sits at the bedside of a sick woman
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Screenshot from 'Saint Henry Morse: Priest of the Plague'

In 2014, Mary's Dowry Productions filmed key moments from the life of Saint Henry Morse, who is one of the English Martyrs and an English Catholic Saint. We were able to recreate scenes from his life and present them prayerfully and silently beneath a narrative that is informative and devotional. Our film about Saint Henry Morse offers a prayerful and contemplative journey with Saint Henry Morse into England's Catholic past.

Saint Henry Morse prays in prison
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Screenshot from 'Saint Henry Morse: Priest of the Plague', DVD

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 Elizabethan Saint.
 
Available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions.
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Born a Protestant in 1595 at his mothers house at Brome in the English county of Suffolk, Henry Morse converted to Roman Catholicism and attended the The English College, Douay on 5 June 1614. After various journeys he was ordained at Rome and left for the English Catholic Mission on 19 June 1624. He was admitted to the Society of Jesus at Heaton where he was arrested and then imprisoned for three years in York Castle. He completed his novitiate under his fellow prisoner, Father John Robinson, and took simple vows as a Jesuit. After three years in prison he was banished from the country and served as a missionary to the English regiments in the Low Countries.
Returning to England at the end of 1633 he laboured in London, and in 1636 is reported to have received about ninety Protestant families into the Church. He himself contracted the plague but recovered. Arrested 27 February 1636, he was imprisoned in Newgate.

Saint Henry Morse
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Screenshot from 'Saint Henry Morse: Priest of the Plague' DVD

 On 22 April he was brought to the bar charged with being a priest and having withdrawn the king's subjects from their faith and allegiance. He was found guilty on the first count, not guilty on the second, and sentence was deferred. On 23 April he made his solemn profession of the three vows to Father Edward Lusher. He was released on bail for 10,000 florins, 20 June 1637, at the insistence of Queen Henriette Maria. In order to free his sureties he voluntarily went into exile when the royal proclamation was issued ordering all priests to leave the country before 7 April 1641, and became chaplain to Gage's English regiment in the service of Spain.
In 1643 he returned to England; arrested after about a year and a half he was imprisoned at Durham and Newcastle, and sent by sea to London. On 30 January he was again brought to the bar and condemned on his previous conviction. On the day of his execution his hurdle was drawn by four horses and the French ambassador attended with all his suite, as also did Lois, Count of Egmont and the Portuguese Ambassador. Morse was allowed to hang until he was dead. At the quartering the footmen of the French Ambassador and of the Count of Egmont dipped their handkerchiefs into the martyr's blood.
Venerated from 8 December 1929, and beatified 15 December 1929 he was made one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales in 1970.
In 2012, a Catholic church dedicated to St. Henry Morse was built on Shelfanger Road in Diss, replacing the church of the Most Holy Trinity.

Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, Seraphic Saint, FILM

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 and present his story using new media.
The film is not to be viewed with secular expectations but in an atmosphere of silence and prayer.
We made our films as a spiritual encounter with the Saint using our spiritual eyes and spiritual ears.
The visuals have been recreated to represent a window into the life of the Saint which should be absorbed prayerfully with the contemplative music and narration to make this a special encounter.
This 2011 film is available worldwide on DVD through
Mary's Dowry Productions:
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Mary's Dowry Productions was created in 2007 and brings the lives of the Saints, English Martyrs and history to film in a new way especially for Catholics of faith.


Catholic woman hanged for her faith, Saint Anne Line, English Martyr, DVD

When her husband was exiled, Anne Line dedicated her young life to providing safe houses for priests in Elizabethan England. 

Saint Anne Line arrives at a safe house
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Anne Line' DVD
 
Saint Anne Line:
A very atmospheric film that draws you into the heart and mind of a young Elizabethan woman with a deep love of the Mass and her fellow people.  The interesting visuals capture life in that Era but in a contemporary style, showing the beauty of the faith, fellowship and love that breaches the boundaries of time. 

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 young and inspiring Elizabethan Englishwoman.


Saint Anne Line prepares a room for Mass
© Mary's Dowry Productions 2010
Screenshot from 'St. Anne Line' DVD

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

 
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Exiled Bishop, Saint Wilfrid, Celtic Christianity and the history of the Faith in England

Looking at the life of Saint Wilfrid, known as the Apostle of Sussex, this film offers a way to encounter the life of one of our early Catholic Saints.

In 2009 Mary's Dowry Productions filmed key moments from the life of Saint Wilfrid which run silently beneath the narrative of his life, told in his own words. Original contemplative and uplifting music offers a blend of Celtic and contemporary themes, a key part in the presentation.

Beautiful scenes of Sussex compliment Saint Wilfrid's story
© Mary's Dowry Productions 2009
Screenshot from 'Saint Wilfrid: Apostle of Sussex'

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 Saxon Saint.

Saint Wilfrid with King Ecgfrith at court
© Mary's Dowry Productions 2009
Screenshot from 'Saint Wilfrid: Apostle of Sussex'


Available worldwide on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions
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Wilfrid (originally spelled Wilfrith; 633 – c. 709) was an English bishop and saint. Born a Northumbrian noble, he entered religious life as a teenager and studied at Lindisfarne, at Canterbury, in Gaul, and at Rome; he returned to Northumbria in about 660, and became the abbot of a newly founded monastery at Ripon. In 664 Wilfrid acted as spokesman for the Roman position at the Synod of Whitby, and became famous for his speech advocating that the Roman method for calculating the date of Easter should be adopted. His success prompted the king's son, Alhfrith, to appoint him Bishop of Northumbria. Wilfrid chose to be consecrated in Gaul because of the lack of what he considered to be validly consecrated bishops in England at that time. During Wilfrid's absence Alhfrith seems to have led an unsuccessful revolt against his father, Oswiu, leaving a question mark over Wilfrid's appointment as bishop. Before Wilfrid's return Oswiu had appointed Ceadda in his place, resulting in Wilfrid's retirement to Ripon for a few years following his arrival back in Northumbria.

Saint Wilfrid and the South Saxons
© 2009 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Wilfrid: Apostle of Sussex' DVD

After becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 668, Theodore of Tarsus resolved the situation by deposing Ceadda and restoring Wilfrid as the Bishop of Northumbria. For the next nine years Wilfrid discharged his episcopal duties, founded monasteries, built churches, and improved the liturgy. However his diocese was very large, and Theodore wished to reform the English Church, a process which included breaking up some of the larger dioceses into smaller ones. When Wilfrid quarrelled with Ecgfrith, the Northumbrian king, Theodore took the opportunity to implement his reforms despite Wilfrid's objections. After Ecgfrith expelled him from York, Wilfrid travelled to Rome to appeal to the papacy. Pope Agatho ruled in Wilfrid's favour, but Ecgfrith refused to honour the papal decree and instead imprisoned Wilfrid on his return to Northumbria before exiling him.
Wilfrid spent the next few years in Selsey, where he founded an episcopal see and converted the pagan inhabitants of the Kingdom of Sussex to Christianity. Theodore and Wilfrid settled their differences, and Theodore urged the new Northumbrian king, Aldfrith, to allow Wilfrid's return. Aldfrith agreed to do so, but in 691 he expelled Wilfrid again. Wilfrid went to Mercia, where he helped missionaries and acted as bishop for the Mercian king. Wilfrid appealed to the papacy about his expulsion in 700, and the pope ordered that an English council should be held to decide the issue. This council, held at Austerfield in 702, attempted to confiscate all of Wilfrid's possessions, and so Wilfrid travelled to Rome to appeal against the decision. His opponents in Northumbria excommunicated him, but the papacy upheld Wilfrid's side, and he regained possession of Ripon and Hexham, his Northumbrian monasteries. Wilfrid died in 709 or 710. After his death, he was venerated as a saint.
Historians then and now have been divided over Wilfrid. His followers commissioned Stephen of Ripon to write a Vita Sancti Wilfrithi (or Life of Wilfrid) shortly after his death, and the medieval historian Bede also wrote extensively about him. Wilfrid lived ostentatiously, and travelled with a large retinue. He ruled a large number of monasteries, and claimed to be the first Englishman to introduce the Rule of Saint Benedict into English monasteries. Some modern historians see him mainly as a champion of Roman customs against the customs of the British and Irish churches, others as an advocate for monasticism.
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Saint Edmund Arrowsmith - Exorcisms in Northern England, English Martyr.


Saint Edmund Arrowsmith:
In a medieval tavern, a holy priest could often be found, captivating ordinary people and converting the most hardened sinners.  For fifteen years he travelled England, pursued across counties by those who would stop him, bringing God to the outskirts, radiating holiness and thus inspiring many.  Closing the distance of time between seventeenth century England an the present day, this Lancashire man can be held up as a light in the darkness of our time.  The atmospheric music draws out the contemplative spirit of Saint Edmund Arrowsmith.

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 Arrowsmith. 
Length and Format:
The film runs for 45 minutes and is available on Region Free DVD worldwide.
 
Screenshot from 'Saint Edmund Arrowsmith' DVD
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Saint Edmund was born at Haydock, Lancashire, England in 1585, the eldest child of Robert Arrowsmith, a yeoman farmer, and Margery Gerard, a member of an important Lancashire Catholic family. Among his mother's relations was Father John Gerard, who wrote The Diary of an Elizabethan Priest, as well as another martyr, the Blessed Miles Gerard. He was baptised Brian, but always used his confirmation name of Edmund. The family was constantly harassed for its adherence to Roman Catholicism. One of his grandfathers, died a confessor in prison. His parents were taken to Lancaster jail; the four children, were cared for by neighbours.
In 1605, at the age of twenty, Edmund left England and went to the English College, Douai to study for the priesthood. He was soon forced to return to England due to ill health, but recovered and returned to Douai in 1607.
He was ordained in Arras on 9 December 1612, and sent on the English mission a year later. He ministered to the Catholics of Lancashire without incident until around 1622, when he was arrested and questioned by the Anglican Bishop of Chester. Edmund was released when King James I of England ordered all arrested priests be freed. He joined the Jesuits in 1624.

Saint Edmund Arrowsmith
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Screenshot from 'Saint Edmund Arrowsmith' DVD

In the summer of 1628, Fr. Edmund was reportedly betrayed by a man named Holden, who denounced him to the authorities. He was convicted of being a Roman Catholic priest in England. He was sentenced to death, and hung, drawn and quartered at Lancaster on 28 August 1628. His final confession was heard by Saint John Southworth, who was imprisoned along with Edmund.
Arrowsmith ministered to Catholics of Lancashire at the still-standing Arrowsmith House, located in Hoghton before being arrested and questioned on Brindle Moss where his horse refused to jump a ditch.

Saint Edmund Arrowsmith and Saint John Southworth
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Screenshot from 'Saint Edmund Arrowsmith' DVD

Edmund Arrowmith's beatification occurred in 1929. He was canonized as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by Pope Paul VI in 1970. His feast days are 28 August alone and 25 October with 39 others. His hand was preserved and kept by the Arrowsmith family as a relic until he was beatified and it now rests in the Catholic Church of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, Ashton-in-Makerfield.
Lancaster Cathedral celebrates St Edmund as one of the Lancashire Martyrs, whose feast is kept throughout the diocese on 7 August each year.
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School is located in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester, England. There is also St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning in Whiston, Merseyside.

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

Saint Nicholas Owen:
Saint Nicholas Owen stands out from among a lot of the saints of his era as an ingenious priest-hole maker.  Travelling with Jesuit priests, even amidst the Gunpowder Plot, to build secret hiding places up and down Elizabethan and Jacobean England.  More than just a carpenter, Saint Nicholas had a deep faith which inspired him to become a Jesuit lay brother.
 
Saint Nicholas Owen enters one of his priest holes while the Jesuit priests
prepare to conceal themselves in another secret room
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Nicholas Owen: the Priest Hole Maker' DVD

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 and fascinating priest-hole maker.
Length and Format:
The film runs for 30 minutes and is available worldwide on Region Free DVD.
This DVD about Saint Nicholas Owen is available worldwide through
Mary's Dowry Productions.
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Saint Alexander Briant, a film about an English Martyr, Mary's Dowry Productions, Saints, England, Elizabethan

Saint Alexander Briant:
A touching and thought provoking journey with a very young and holy Catholic priest whose spiritual insight and wisdom of the Catholic Faith gave hope to the people of his day.  Although linked to St. Edmund Campion, his story stands alone, edged with the mystical.  From a young boy in Somerset to a young priest in the City of London, St. Alexander's story is filled with peace, encouragement and inspiration.
 
Saint Alexander Briant tutored by Robert Parsons
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Alexander Briant' DVD
In 2012 we filmed some scenes from the life of Saint Alexander Briant. These included his early life of study, his work on the English Mission and his joyful spirit in prison and at trial. Saint Alexander Briant's story is one of inspiring hope especially living as a Catholic in troubled times.

Man of prayer - Saint Alexander Briant
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Alexander Briant' DVD
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 young and holy priest.
Length and Format:
The film runs for 30 minutes and is available worldwide on Region Free DVD.
www.marysdowryproductions.org

Saint Alexander Briant (17 August 1556 – 1 December 1581) was an English Jesuit and martyr, executed at Tyburn. He was born in Somerset, and entered Hart Hall, Oxford (now Hertford College), at an early age. While there, he became a pupil of Father Robert Parsons and he completed his studies with him at Balliol College, which, along with his association with Richard Holtby, led to his conversion.

Catching rain water in his hat in prison
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Alexander Briant' DVD

After leaving university, he entered the English College at Reims then went to the English College, Douai, and was ordained priest on 29 March 1578. Assigned to the English mission in August of the following year he laboured with zeal in his own county of Somerset.
A party of the persecution, searching for Father Parsons, placed Alexander Briant under arrest on 28 April 1581, in the hope of extorting information. After fruitless attempts to this end at Counter Prison, London, he was taken to the Tower of London where he was subjected to torture. With six other priests he was arraigned on 16 November 1581, in Queen's Bench, Westminster, on the charge of high treason, and condemned to death.

Saint Alexander Briant at his trial
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Alexander Briant' DVD
In his letter to the Jesuit Fathers he says that he felt no pain during the various tortures he underwent, and adds: "Whether this that I say be miraculous or no, God knoweth." He was twenty-five years old when he was executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered on 1 December 1581; Edmund Campion and Ralph Sherwin were also executed with him.
Alexander Briant was declared venerable on 8 December 1921 by Pope Pius XI and beatified one week later on 15 December. Blessed Alexander Briant was canonized nearly forty-nine years later in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales with a common feast day of 25 October. His feast day is celebrated on 1 December, the day of his martyrdom.

Saint Alexander Briant's example of prayer and peace at the Tyburn gallows
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Alexander Briant' DVD
 

Saint Thomas More, a film on DVD about Saint Thomas More, Tudor, No compromise

A film that presents the life and martyrdom of Saint Thomas More.
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 Thomas More.
Saint Thomas More watches as King Henry VIII speaks with Anne Boleyn
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Thomas More' DVD
No Compromise
Taken from 'Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales'
by Henry Sebastian Bowden of the Oratory
Reading for July 5th

During his imprisonment in the Tower, Sir Thomas More's keenest trial arose from the endeavour of his beloved daughter Margaret to persuade him to take the oath, as she had done herself. She urged that he was more to the king than any man in England, and therefore ought to obey him in what was not evidently repugnant to God's law. That in favour of the oath of supremacy were all the learned men of England, and nearly all the bishops and doctors, save Fisher.

Margaret Rope, Saint Thomas More's daughter, tries to speak with
him as he is led from Westminster to the Tower of London
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Thomas More' DVD
Thomas More answered that he condemned no one for taking the oath, "for some may do it upon temporal hopes, or fear of great losses, for which I will never think any have taken it; for I imagine that nobody is so frail and fearful as myself. Some may hope that God will not impute it unto them for a sin, because they do it by constraint. Some may hope to do penance presently after, and others are of the opinion that God is not offended with out mouth, so our heart is pure; but as for my part, I dare not jeopardy myself upon these vain hopes." As to the numbers against him, he had on his side many more in other parts of Christendom, and all the doctors of the Church.

"He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth." - Matt. 12, 30.

'Saint Thomas More' by Mary's Dowry Productions is available now on DVD:
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Saint John Fisher, English Martyr, Mary's Dowry Productions, Catholic Saint, Tudors, 1935

A DVD presenting the life of Saint John Fisher.

A Martyr's Sleep
St. John Fisher - Bishop of Rochester

On the day of execution, the lieutenant of the Tower came at 5am and woke Bishop Fisher from his sleep to signify to him that the king's pleasure was that he should suffer death that forenoon. "Well," quoth this blessed father, "if this be your errand, you bring me no great news, for I have long time looked for this message. And I most humbly thank the king's Majesty that it pleaseth him to rid me from all this worldly business, and I thank you, Mr Lieutenant, when is mine hour that I must go hence?" "Your hour," said the lieutenant, "must be nine of the clock." "And what hour is it now?" said he. "It is now about five," said the lieutenant. "Well, then," said he, "let me by your patience sleep an hour or two, for I gave slept very little this night; not for any fear of death, I thank God, but by reason of my great infirmity." "The king's further pleasure is," said the lieutenant, "that you use as little speech as may be, especially of anything touching his Majesty which might cause the people to think of him or his proceedings otherwise than well." The bishop replied that he would speak in a way that could not be misunderstood; and so, falling again to rest, he slept soundly two hours or more."

"Thou shalt rest, and thy sleep shall be sweet." - Prov. 3, 24.

Reading from 'Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales' for June 19th.

Saint John Fisher was keen to serve all even during ill health
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint John Fisher' DVD

In our film about Saint John Fisher, 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. 
The narrative and visuals include the Tower of London, St. John Fisher's communications with St. Thomas More, his final days and death on Tower Hill.

Saint John Fisher: Almost everyone has seen "A Man For All Seasons" which focuses upon St. Thomas More, but the only other leading figure in Catholic Tudor England who placed God before the King was St. John Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester who was made Cardinal of England in the Tower of London.  Beginning with his early life as a young boy, we follow St. John Fisher through the Tudor Courts, his assassination attempts on his life and his writings and holy family life.
 
Saint John Fisher in the Tower of London
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint John Fisher' DVD

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 John Fisher.
Length and Format:
The film runs for one hour and is available on Region Free DVD worldwide

Available on DVD
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Saint Margaret Ward DVD, the story of an Elizabethan English Martyr and a prison break, Film, English Martyrs

Saint Margaret Ward - English Saint.

Saint Margaret Ward:
Saint Margaret Ward was so moved by the plight of Catholic priests in England that she brought comfort and encouragement to a Fr. Watson in an Elizabethan London prison at the risk of her own life.  In a setting of beauty and reflection despite a climate of hostility and troubles, St. Margaret's story unfolds amidst prayer, history and faith.

Saint Margaret Ward visits Fr. Watson in Bridewell prison
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint Margaret Ward' DVD

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 Margaret Ward. Closing the distance of time between Elizabethan England and the present day, encounter this inspiring saint and recognise how she had the same faith and desires during a troubled society. You will see and feel the beauty of the saint as Saint Margaret Ward tells her own story.
 
Length and Format:
The Film runs for 30 minutes and is available on Region Free DVD worldwide.
 
Available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions:
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Saint Mildred of Thanet, the English Lily of Kent, early Catholic Saints on DVD

Out on DVD, a look at the life of Saint Mildred of Thanet.
This film presents Saint Mildred's journey and spirituality.
Founded in 2007, Mary's Dowry Productions created a new form of film media in which to convey the lives of the Saints in a prayerful, non-secular way.
Each film combines carefully recreated visuals (without dialogue), sacred art, original contemplative music and narration in a film that invites the viewer to watch with their spiritual eyes, listen with their spiritual ears and come on a journey through time and faith.
Our film about Saint Mildred presents her life in a spiritual manner for a unique encounter.
Available on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions:
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Saint Piran, Cornwall, a film about Saint Piran, early Catholic Saint, and the history of relics, on DVD

A film that presents the life of Saint Piran of Cornwall.

Founded in 2007, Mary's Dowry Productions created a new form of film media in which to present the lives of the Catholic Saints. Rich in history, facts, detail and faith, our films invite the viewer to watch with their spiritual eyes and listen with their spiritual ears as we present the life of a significant Saint, their spirituality and message.
We carefully recreate key moments from a Saint's life using historical costume, nature and artistic eyes, combining these with sacred art, relevant photographs and footage of creation.
Original contemplative music enhances the spiritual aspect and seeks to aid the viewer in encountering the Saint. Most people are not used to engaging their spiritual senses for film. This is an original and effective way to personally encounter a Saint and the Catholic Faith.
We recommend that our films are enjoyed prayerfully and in a quiet environment.
The life of Saint Piran is especially absorbing with timeless truths of the Faith.
The film includes Saint Burianna and a look at the history of relics. 
Available on DVD worldwide from Mary's Dowry Productions:
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Saint Clare of Assisi Film, a beautifully contemplative life in a new form of film, out now on DVD

Founded in 2007, Mary's Dowry Productions created a new form of film media in which to present the lives of the Saints through film.
We invite you to leave the secular world behind and engage your spiritual senses as we present the life of Saint Clare of Assisi.
Watch with your spiritual eye, listen with your spiritual ear, as Saint Clare's beautifully contemplative life unfolds. We begin with her early life and follow our Saint through to her holy death.
Mary's Dowry Productions loves to create key moments from the Saints lives using historical costume, beautiful backgrounds and props. These are blended like a painting with sacred art, relevant photographs, original contemplative music and narration for a unique and spiritual encounter.
While this form of film experience is new, it has developed in a way that offers more than simply learning about a Saint. It seeks to engage you with the Saint and the Truths of the Faith and suggests that our films are viewed in a prayerful, quiet way.
Our film about Saint Clare of Assisi produced by Mary's Dowry Productions is available on DVD worldwide through Mary's Dowry Productions online shop:
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Saint Etheldreda Abbess of Ely, a film about the Saint of Ely in a new form of media, DVD


Founded in 2007, Mary's Dowry Productions created a new form of film media that invited the viewer to engage their spiritual senses and take a journey with a Catholic Saint.
Watch with your spiritual eye, listen with your spiritual ear, as Saint Etheldreda takes your hand and walks you through the holy, contemplative and inspiring journey of her life.
Produced for Catholics, this is a new way to experience the powerful lives of the Saints through new film. Mary's Dowry Productions loves to recreate key moments from a Saint's life using historical costume and natural locations, pious props and original, contemplative music that moves the spirit.
While offering historical facts, information and fascinating details, these films are best watched prayerfully and in a quiet environment.
Saint Etheldreda's was a Saxon princess and Queen who 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 by Mary's Dowry Productions looks at her fascinating journey and invites you to enter prayerfully and spiritually upon it with her.  Produced in 2009.  As seen on EWTN.
Saint Etheldreda is available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Production:
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'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.
 
DVDs available from Mary's Dowry Productions:
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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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


This is a half an hour film that takes a prayerful and spiritual look at Saint Francis of Assisi.
The film was produced in 2011 on a very small budget.
It has Saint Francis tells us his own journey in a format that is a perfect introduction to the Saint but also a quiet and personal encounter.
Like all of our films, Saint Francis was made as an introduction.
Our inspiration for making these films was ignited in 2007 after college degrees in music for film and media and a desire to share the lives of the Saints with others, especially the youth using this powerful means.
Gentle, informative yet prayerful and spiritual, the films of Mary's Dowry Productions use very simple visuals, sacred art, nature and music to offer a unique way of learning about a Saint.
Although our target audience is mainly young people, so many people have enjoyed this way of spending half an hour with the Saints.

Saint Francis of Assisi is available from:
 

Monday, 4 May 2015

St. Edmund, English Martyr film, on DVD, new form of film media

Our 2010 film about English Martyr St. Edmund Gennings is available from our online shop on DVD worldwide region free.
In 2007 Mary's Dowyr Productions created a new form of film media to present the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs. We invite you to watch prayerfully and quietly and to engage your spiritual senses as you take a journey with one of our great Catholic witnesses.
Watch with your spiritual eye, listen with your spiritual ear.
  Saint Edmund Gennings tells the heroic story of 24 year old priest 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. 
Available on DVD through Mary's Dowry Productions online shop: 

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