Friday 26 February 2016

Harbouring Priests - Saint Anne Line, Laywoman, Elizabethan English Martyr - Commemorated on 27th February

Saint Anne Line - Laywoman - 27th February

Saint Anne Line prepares a secret Mass room.
© 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
Mrs Line was the widow of a Hampshire gentleman who was exiled for his religion; she suffered continuous ill-health, but her soul was strong. Her desire was to win the palm of martyrdom, and she feared she would be deprived of it, as very few women had then suffered.
Roger Line, Saint Anne's husband, imprisoned and exiled for the Catholic Faith
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The assurance of a former confessor of hers, William Thomson, himself a martyr, and a vision she had of Our Lord carrying His cross, encouraged her to hope that her desire would be obtained, and she was not deceived. On Candlemas day 1601, her house was beset by pursuviants at the very time Mass was beginning; but as the doors were strongly barred the priest, Father Page, managed to escape, and the house was searched in vain.
Father Page begins his escape
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Mrs Line, however, was arrested and carried in a chair to the Old Bailey, for she was too weak to walk, and there sentenced to be hanged.
Saint Anne Line in prison
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At Tyburn she declared:
"I am sentenced to die for harbouring a Catholic priest, and so far am I from repenting that I wish I could have entertained a thousand."
She suffered on 27th February 1601, just before the priests Barkworth and Filcock, and the former blessed her dead body, kissing her clothing and her hand, and saying they would quickly follow her.
Father Barkworth
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"He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive the reward of a prophet." - Matt. 10, 41.
Reading for 27th February
Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales
by Henry Sebastian Bowden of the Oratory.
Our film about Saint Anne Line is available through:
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.

Length and Format:

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

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