Sunday, 11 July 2021

Fr Ignatius Spencer filming - New Catholic DVD

 July 11th 2021 - Mary's Dowry Productions UK


Currently we have six films in production at various stages, with narration being performed, editing on final productions, costume preparation OR writing taking place for films about:

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

Fr Ignatius Spencer

Sr Elizabeth Prout

Margery Kempe

St Ralph Sherwin

and

Saint David Lewis


This weekend we were able to meet with a friend and parishioner at a local spot to film visuals of Fr Ignatius Spencer for our film about Sr Elizabeth Prout and out film about Fr Ignatius Spencer. Despite the threat of rain we were able to keep (mostly) dry and spent a good two and a half hours recreating significant moments from the life and mission of this important Passionist Priest.


Fr Ignatius Spencer is well-known as being a great uncle of Princess Diana Spencer. He was the youngest son of George, the 2nd Earl Spencer, and was given the name George at his birth. He grew up at Althorp House and Estate and went to Eton with his elder brother (the latter of whom would become the 3rd Earl Spencer). The late Princess Diana Spencer's brother is the current 9th Earl Spencer.


Very intelligent, sensitive, pious and good, the young George Spencer studied very hard and went off to Cambridge for further education. He later became an Anglican deacon and Anglican Vicar and was given a parish, spending his time in service to his people, especially the poor, taking clothes and food to those in need.




His study of the Early Church Fathers, as well as trying (and failing) to find a scriptural basis for the Protestant 39 Articles, led him eventually to Catholicism. Seeking to spare his aristocratic and Protestant family from the awkwardness of their son become a Catholic, he left England to study in Rome and eventually became a Catholic priest.



George joined the Passionist Order which was known for a special interest in England and the return of England to the Catholic Faith. He took the name Father Ignatius of St Paul and befriended Blessed Dominic Barberi. Before his religious life, Fr Ignatius had created a powerful crusade of prayer for the conversion of England and lectured on The Great Importance of a Reunion Between the Catholics and the Protestants of England and the Method of Effecting It.  He also wrote to St. John Henry Newman, then an Anglican, asking the great Oxford scholar to join him in prayer for unity. Newman refused but later apologised.



Fr Ignatius Spencer spent years travelling England and Ireland and was also the spiritual director of Sr Elizabeth Prout who founded an order of Passionist nuns in Manchester and dedicated her life to helping the poor.



He died not long after Elizabeth Prout in 1861. Father Ignatius’ health had always been precarious at best and worn out with continual work, preaching and begging he suffered a heart attack and died alone in a ditch (the death he had often described as ideal for himself) on 1st October 1864. He was buried alongside Dominic Barberi in St. Anne’s, Sutton, St. Helens on October 4th and now rests in the shrine church there. When his body was exhumed in 1973 it was noted that Father Ignatius suffered from horrific arthritis, but that his tongue had not suffered any decay since the day of his death.


Our film about Fr Ignatius Spencer will be released soon from Mary's Dowry Productions on DVD and Instant Digital Video. Visit our website for NEW releases and a full catalogue of our Catholic and historical films available worldwide.


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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi and her Mysterious Sun - filming day

 BLESSED ANNA MARIA TAIGI FILM


Mary's Dowry Productions has been asked several times by several different people to produce a film about the life of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, a wife, mother and mystic of the Catholic Church.

Today we filmed footage for a NEW film about her which is now in its production stage. Our location was at a local village to us called Clapham in West Sussex.

Anna Maria Taigi was an only child. When still little she moved with her family to Rome where she worked as a seamstress and milliner which gave her a love of fashion and high quality clothes. After her marriage she experienced a deeper conversion to the Catholic Faith when she was moved by an interior inspiration to go to confession while walking to Saint Peter's Basilica adorned in her finery. After several difficulties, Anna Maria went to Confession to a Saintly priest and began to walk the way of heroic sanctity.


She joined the Trinitarians as a Third Order member and developed a deep prayer life amidst her duties as a wife and mother. Her love for the poor was utterly giving and selfless. She entered upon the narrow way of the Cross with a special call from God to be a victim soul, interceding especially for the conversion of souls.


After she received the Scapular of the Trinitarians, Blessed Anna Maria saw a mysterious sun that would remain before her interior eyes for 49 years. It was a gift from God in which she was able to contemplate heavenly Truths, the state of souls, events from the past and present and sometimes future events. This gift was unique in the life of a Saint and after alarming her when she first saw it she found that it gave her permanent control over her interior emotions and her outward actions as well as a special means for knowing divers wants of individual souls, the secret of sinners' consciences, the snares of Satan, the Church's dangers and all the evils she was destined to remedy.


In her mysterious sun, Blessed Anna Maria simply had to direct her gaze upon it and come into possession of knowledge far transcending what was merely human and natural. It was ever present to her inward eye and remained before her wherever she was, both day and night. Our Lord Himself often directed her, as did Our Lady and various Saints.

Blessed Anna Maria had a great love for the souls of the deceased, a devotion to Saint Philomena, the rosary, visiting the sick and the incurable, but most especially the care and education of her children, the management of her house and the patient attention and marriage duties to her husband, Dominic, who often had ill humour and bad moods with his fiery character, but who loved and admired his wife deeply.


This great Blessed of the Church would often become enraptured at the presence of God and contemplation of His Truths while even at simple tasks. She would go rigid and behold many correspondences from Christ in her mysterious sun for the good of souls, the world and the Church.

Despite such heavenly gifts and a mystical life, she was profoundly humble with an intense charity that saw her bear with great sufferings, persecutions, calumny, devilish attacks, ill health and the toils of every day life. She used and enjoyed her supernatural gift of her mysterious sun constantly to the end of her life.



Our film about Blessed Anna Maria Taigi will look at her life in her family and her special call, mystical gifts, encounters with Christ, Our Lady and her patron Saints, her mysterious sun, her example and place in history as well as many things she foresaw. COMING SOON from Mary's Dowry Productions.

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Saint David Lewis - Welsh Martyr film

SAINT DAVID LEWIS

 

We were asked 10 years ago to make a film about the last Welsh Martyr, Saint David Lewis. We are pleased that we now have a film in production. Here is a look at the upcoming film in this new trailer from Mary's Dowry Productions. COMING SOON!

Elizabeth Prout filming day - NEW Catholic DVD

 

ELIZABETH PROUT FILMING DAY


A morning in March 2021 saw Mary's Dowry Productions on location at Patching, West Sussex, filming for our next production; Elizabeth Prout. She was born and raised an Anglican but encountered the Catholic Faith especially through the Passionists. She lived near Aston Hall where Father Dominic Barberi founded the first Passionist monastery after an invitation from Nicholas Wiseman. The Catholic Faith was still regarded with suspicion and hostility in England, particularly by the Protestants. Elizabeth would find her calling among the poor in Manchester in the slums around Saint Chad's, guided to found a new order of nuns who lived and worked with the poor. The community would later become the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, with the spirituality of the Passionist Order.


Elizabeth's life and mission was linked to the Second Spring of the Catholic Faith in England with Blessed Dominic Barberi and especially her spiritual director, Father Ignatius Spencer. She is honoured for her special love for the poor and Irish Immigrants, the Passion and her order of nuns.


We decided to portray Elizabeth wearing her habit with a Passionist Emblem, the latter of which was approved and added a few years after her death.



In our film we look at the life of Elizabeth Prout which has a very special relevance today in the Church and for the Catholic Faith in England.


Our film about ELIZABETH PROUT is coming soon to DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions. For a fill list of films by Mary's Dowry Productions about the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs visit our website:


MARY'S DOWRY PRODUCTIONS

Edel Quinn and The Legion of Mary NEW film

 


Our NEW film about the Servant of God Edel Quinn is now available worldwide on DVD in all region formats from Marys Dowry Productions. In this film we look at the life of Edel Quinn, her work with the Legion of Mary, her special mission to Africa and the Legion of Mary as an apostolate worldwide.

Here is the blurb and direct link - DVD will be sent in your region format - English language only:

"Edel Quinn was born in Ireland in 1907 into a loving Catholic family. She was lively, happy, kind and attentive. These dispositions remained for her whole life which was centred upon charity for her neighbour, service of Our Lady and attending Mass. She said, “What a desolation life would be without the Eucharist.” Despite her plans to join the Poor Clares, God had a different plan for Edel’s life: she would become a legendary missionary for the Legion of Mary, especially working to spread the great and powerful work of the Legion of Mary throughout Africa. Although she battled with tuberculosis for most of her life, Edel was dedicated in her vocation. She only lived until the age of 36, but has left us an inspiring example of trust, love of Mary and our neighbour, dedication and prayer. She especially points us to learn about and perhaps even join the Legion of Mary. In this new film by Mary’s Dowry Productions we look at the life and mission of Edel Quinn and the Legion of Mary."

Monday, 1 February 2021

Saint Anne Line and the Feast of the Purification

 



Saint Anne Line was arrested in Elizabethan England on 2nd February 1601 when her house was raided during the feast of the Purification, also known as Candlemas. On this day a blessing of candles traditionally takes place before the Mass, and it was during this rite that the raiders burst in and made arrests. The priest, Fr Francis Page, managed to slip into a special hiding place prepared by Anne Line and afterwards to escape, but she was arrested.


She was tried at the Sessions House on Old Bailey Lane on 26 February 1601 and told the court that so far from regretting having concealed a priest, she only grieved that she "could not shelter a thousand more." Sir John Popham, the judge, sentenced her to death for the felony of assisting a seminary priest. Saint Anne Line was hanged on 27th February 1601.

She was executed immediately before two priests, Fr. Roger Filcock and Fr. Mark Barkworth, who received the more severe sentence of hanging, drawing and quartering. At the scaffold she repeated what she had said at her trial, declaring loudly to the bystanders: "I am sentenced to die for harbouring a Catholic priest, and so far I am from repenting for having so done, that I wish, with all my soul, that where I have entertained one, I could have entertained a thousand."

The lives of the English Martyrs in film from Mary's Dowry Productions - 'Saint Anne Line: The Safe House Keeper' produced 2010, more here: 




Monday, 7 September 2020

Filming for Edel Quinn and the Legion of Mary filming day

This month (September 2020) we have kick started production once again with a morning spent filming scenes for an upcoming DVD about Edel Quinn and the Legion of Mary.

We headed for Clapham Wood and church in West Sussex with our camera, a few props, costume and tripod to capture some imagery representing Edel Quinn in Ireland for the first part of her biography.


Edel Quinn travelled often to set up praesidiums, so we used a suitcase from our 94 year old grandfather's loft which looked perfect to accompany Edel on her travels.


Shots that we also wanted to include for our film about Edel Quinn included Edel praying her rosary, reading and writing.




We also included Edel praying the Tessera prayers of the Legion of Mary on a wooden bench we discovered in the woods.






The little statue of Our Lady has featured in several of our films about the Saints and English Martyrs so we brought it along with us to Clapham Wood and had Edel Quinn pray her Tessera and rosary with it beside her - a lovely image.




Our final scenes were filmed in a 'dragonfly meadow' at the back of the woods where we had Edel Quinn walk to visit a housebound or sick person with her umbrella up. There were at least 6 dragonflies keen to be in the shot and an entire flock of sheep.

All in all, this was a nice morning of filming. We managed to acquire some excellent footage and plan to have one more filming session before being able to edit the film together and make it available.

EDEL QUINN AND THE LEGION OF MARY is coming soon from www.marysdowryproductions.org


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

A leading figure in the work of England's return to Our Lady as her Dowry - Fr Ignatius Spencer

Did you know that Father Ignatius Spencer of Saint Paul was born as Hon. George Spencer, a son of the 2nd Earl Spencer and was a very important figure in Our Lady's plan for England, her Dowry?


 Father Ignatius converted from Anglicanism to the Roman Catholic Church and entered the Passionist Order in 1847. He was given his habit by the Italian priest and missionary to England Blessed Dominic Barberi who had a special calling from Our Lord for England and who received Saint John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. Ignatius and Dominic were very good friends and Ignatius spent his life working for the conversion of England to the Catholic faith. He is an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her two sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and he played a vital role in Our Lady's plan for England, her Dowry.


 During a visit to France in 1838, Father Ignatius proposed a Crusade of Prayer for the Conversion of England to Hyacinthe-Louis de QuĂ©len, the Archbishop of Paris. Many of George's influential friends joined this campaign, and news of it spread throughout Britain and the Empire. In May 1839, he was appointed spiritual director to the seminarians at Oscott College and in the same month preached at St. Chad's, Manchester on 'The Great Importance of a Reunion Between the Catholics and the Protestants of England and the Method of Effecting It'. 

In January 1840, Fr Ignatius visited John Henry Newman at Oriel College, Oxford to ask Newman to join him in prayer for "unity in truth". Newman sent Spencer away and refused even to see him, but later apologised for this in his Apologia; 

 "This feeling led me into the excess of being very rude to that zealous and most charitable man, Mr. Spencer, when he came to Oxford in January, 1840, to get Anglicans to set about praying for Unity. I myself then, or soon after, drew up such prayers; it was one of the first thoughts which came upon me after my shock, but I was too much annoyed with the political action of the members of the Roman Church in England to wish to have anything to do with them personally. So glad in my heart was I to see him when he came to my rooms, whither Mr. Palmer of Magdalen brought him, that I could have laughed for joy; I think I did; but I was very rude to him, I would not meet him at dinner, and that, (though I did not say so,) because I considered him " in loco apostatx " from the Anglican Church, and I hereby beg his pardon for it." 


 Ignatius threw himself into Passionist life and after making his religious profession in 1848 began preaching sermons throughout Britain and Ireland, always calling for prayers for the conversion of England. After his death he was buried alongside Dominic Barberi and Elizabeth Prout in St. Anne's, Sutton, St. Helens on 4 October and now rests in the shrine church there. 


When his body was exhumed in 1973 it was noted that Father Ignatius suffered from horrific arthritis, but that his tongue had not suffered any decay since the day of his death. In March 2007, the Church announced that the first stage of Father Ignatius' cause for beatification had been completed and that all the necessary documents had been forwarded to Rome. 

 At 2016, the Servant of God Ignatius Spencer was standing for the second of the "four steps of the path to canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church", that are in the following sequence: Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed and Saint. The firsts step is competence of the local diocese, and the next two steps require the recognition by the Vatican's authorities of two different miracles, attributed to his intercession.  

For a fascinating history of this important Shrine church in England, visit:  


 Mary's Dowry productions is currently producing a film about Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God. 


Monday, 30 March 2020

Signboards, Taverns, Hotels and Ale Houses throughout England when it was the Dowry of Mary

Signboards throughout England when it was
the Dowry of Mary

Taverns, ale houses, public houses, hotels, shops and street signs - so many named after Our Lady or emblems of Our Lady such as 'The Salutation' or the 'Bleeding Heart', were a large feature of Catholic England when it was the Dowry of Mary.

A signboard in former times was not just confined to taverns. Each shop had its sign; and the choice of the sign might be an act of piety, just as the choice of a motto may indicate the bent of a man's mind at the present day.


The Blessed Virgin was unquestionably a very common sign before the Protestant Reformation in England. Our Lady of Pity was the sign of Johan Redman, a bookseller in Paternoster Row, in 1542 London. John Byddell, also a bookseller, had introduced this sign in the beginning of that century.

Few signs have undergone so many changes as the well known 'Salutation'.
Originally it represented the Archangel Gabriel saluting Our Lady, in which shape it was occasionally seen in the 17th and 18th centuries, as appears from the tavern-token of Daniel Grey of Holborn.

In the times of the Commonwealth however, the Puritans changed it to 'The Soldier and Citizen', and in such garb it continued long after , with this modification, that it was represented by two citizens politely bowing to each other.


The Salutation Tavern in Billingsgate shows it thus on its trade's token and so it was represented by the Salutation Tavern in Newgate Street (an engraving of which may still be seen in the parlour).


At present it is mostly rendered by two hands conjoined, as at the Salutation Hotel, Perth, where a label is added with the words, 'You are welcome to the city'.


The 'Angel' was derived from the Salutation, for that it originally represented the angel appearing to the Holy Virgin at the Salutation, or Annunciation, is evident from the fact that even as late as the 17th century, on nearly all the trades-tokens of houses with this sign, the angel is represented with a scroll in his hands; and this scroll, we know, from the evidence in paintings and prints to contain the words addressed by the angel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, 'Hail Mary, full of grace'.

Probably at the Reformation it was considered too Catholic a sign; and so the Holy Virgin was left out or removed and only the angel left.


From that period in England also dates the sign of the 'Bleeding Heart', the emblematical representation of the five sorrowful mysteries of the Holy Rosary, the heart of the Holy Virgin pierced with five swords. There is still an ale house of this name in Charles Street, Hatton garden, and Bleeding Heart Yard, adjoining the public house is immortalized in the novel Little Dorrit by Protestant English author Charles Dickens.


The 'Wounded Heart', one of the signs in Norwich in 1750, had the same meaning. The heart was a constant emblem of the Holy Virgin in the Middle Ages. Thus, on the clog almanacs all the feasts if St Mary were indicated by a heart, It was not an uncommon sign in former times.

At the Protestant Reformation, one of the main intentions was the obliteration of Our Lady from England, Her Dowry, yet many traces of the piety and devotion that made this little country known as the Island of Saints can still be seen.

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