Saturday 30 November 2019

The Dowry Tour, Arundel Cathedral and the Shrine of an English Martyr

Mary's Dowry Productions was honoured to be able to join in the Angelus before the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in the replica of the Holy House in Arundel Cathedral this weekend when the Dowry Tour came to our Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in preparation for the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry.

Our Lady of Walsingham statue from the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk has been visiting all of the Cathedrals in England.

Bishop Moth processed behind the statue of Our Lady after Mass as it was placed in the replica of the Holy House for veneration by the faithful.

We were excited to see so many images of the Wilton Diptych about the Cathedral, which we took as our logo in 2007 at the founding of Mary's Dowry Productions Catholic film apostolate, sharing the lives of the British Saints and Martyrs through film and the new media.

The Dowry Tour exhibition

It was wonderful to see the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham near the Shrine of Saint Philip Howard, the Earl of Arundel and an English Martyr - a film about Saint Philip Howard was our first ever production.

The upcoming re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry is a very important event for the Catholic Church in England. We were able to produce a small VLOG outside the Cathedral as well as acquire some excellent footage for the end of our upcoming film 'England: The Dowry of Mary' which will be released this December 2019 on DVD and Instant Video worldwide, looking at the history of this unique title for England as well as many important historical events throughout England's history, leading to March 2020. Visit our YouTube channel to see film trailers and our VLOG: YOUTUBE

Children from the local schools carry the statue of Our Lady in procession

The Wilton Diptych shows the moment when on June 15th 1381, King Richard II, gave England to Our Lady as he Dowry. Our Lady holds the standard of England as a token of her Dowry. One of the Angels holds the standard cross of Saint George who is the patron Saint of England. On top of the staff is an orb with a tiny map of England on it.

It cannot be stressed enough the importance of this upcoming event of the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry. By this dedication and title, England has been set aside for Our Blessed Mother that we might receive her prayers and protection.

We can expect a great return of the Faith of our forefathers and foremothers and with this in mind we need to prepare. This will take great Faith and TRUST in Our Lord Jesus Christ and in the powerful intercession of our beloved Lady of Walsingham (Dowry Tour booklet).

Our new film 'England: The Dowry of Mary' has special presentations from two Shrines of England - The Priory of Our Lady of England in Storrington, and The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead, both with very special roles in the history of England.

Learn more about the lives of the British Saints and English Martyrs through film on DVD (all region formats) and Instant Video at Mary's Dowry Productions website:

Walsingham is England's National Shrine to Our Lady and its primary focus is reflection upon the Incarnation of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through meditation upon the Annunciation, the first of Our Lady's joys.

Friday 22 November 2019

Preparing for England's re-dedication to Our Lady as her Dowry in 2020 with the Saints

As we continue to prepare for the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry in March 2020 we have been encouraged to make the 33 day consecration to Our Lady through Saint Louis de Montfort or Father Michael Gaitley’s inspiring book ‘33 Days to Morning Glory’. We have also been encouraged to get to know better the lives of England’s Saints and Martyrs who have not only impacted English history but that of the whole world, especially the USA and Australia. Mary’s Dowry Productions was founded in 2007 to help share the lives of the Saints, especially our British Saints and English Martyrs.

We have a growing range of films about many of England’s Saints including Saint Bede, Saint Etheldreda, Saint Edmund Campion, Saint Thomas More, Saint Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular and many more, with historical biographies from a Catholic perceptive too including Thomas Cromwell: The King’s Architect (a best seller for Mary’s Dowry on Amazon), Queen Mary Tudor and our film about ‘Richeldis de Faverches and Our Lady of Walsingham’.

 A variety of Saints DVDs from Mary’s Dowry Productions for November, the month dedicated to prayers for the Holy Souls, include several popular and several lesser known lives of Catholic Saints who had special devotions to, or encounters with, the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Our 2017 film ‘Saint Faustina and The Divine Mercy’ has a good section about Saint Faustina and the souls in purgatory, as does our 2017 film ‘Saint Padre Pio: Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry’. These two films are included in our 20th Century Catholic DVD box set which offers six DVD films on the lives of individual Saints for the price of three single DVDs.

A special film for November is ‘Saint Mechtilde and the Souls in Purgatory’, which looks especially at this 13th Century German beguine who lived the end of her life with the nuns in Helfta and was friends with Saint Gertrude the Great who gave us the popular prayer for the Holy Souls. She herself had many beautiful encounters with the holy souls and shows us the importance of praying for our departed friends and family as well as the forgotten souls. Also available to download and watch now with Mary's Dowry Productions Instant Digital Download.

 New film releases from Mary’s Dowry Productions this year have included Saint John Henry Newman, a presentation on England’s newest Saint which also looks at England, the Reformation, Blessed Dominic Barberi and the Passionists, young Saint Dominic Savio and the heroic lives of the English Martyrs which so moved and impressed Saint John Henry Newman – packed with quotes, imagery, information and devotion. We have been delighted that this film has been popular overseas, especially because the lives of England’s Saints and Martyrs and her Catholic history has had such an historical impact especially on the USA and Australia. Also available to download and watch now (rent or buy) with Mary's Dowry Productions Instant Video.

With the recent release of a new film about Saint Faustina by the Marian Fathers, our own DVD ‘Saint Faustina and The Divine Mercy’ is getting a lot of interest – our 2017 film presents the life of Saint Faustina, the message of Divine Mercy, the Chaplet, Painting, Feast, Diary and certain passages and words from Jesus in a special biographical, informative and devotional way.  This film is also available to download and watch now (rent or buy) with Mary's Dowry Productions INSTANT VIDEO.

 Mary’s Dowry Productions is currently producing our NEW film ‘England: The Dowry of Mary’ to prepare for the important and exciting historical re-dedication of England to Our Lady after five hundred years; a title which many kings of England, tracing back to the 11th century, regularly commemorated, offering this once called ‘Island of Saints’ to Our Lady under the unique title of Her Dowry in solemn festivities until the Protestant Reformation. In this new film we explore the meaning of this title, the history of Catholicism in England and how it affected the rest of the world, the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs, Walsingham, and much more. This NEW film will be available on DVD and INSTANT DOWNLOAD in December 2019.

 Catholic films make a useful and inspiring gift for families, friends, parishes and schools especially at Christmas. We will be posting out worldwide over the next month for arrival in time for Christmas, with DVDs arriving between five and ten days in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Take a look at Mary’s Dowry Productions website for a full listing of our DVDs, box sets, Saints magnets, CDs and our new service of Instant Digital Downloads.

Our films are all posted out in DVD in the correct region formats worldwide. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel where we have been uploading new film clips and trailers to help share the lives of the Saints and the English Martyrs: YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Friday 8 November 2019

England's Mystic, Saint Julian of Norwich - England's Saints and Martyrs film resources

England's Mystic - Saint Julian of Norwich

Although not officially canonized, Julian of Norwich is widely regarded as a Saint throughout history, having lived a holy life solely for Christ as an anchoress. She spent her days in almost solitude, longing to be forgotten by the world, living in a small cell attached to the church of Saint Julian in Norwich, the Saint after which she has since become known. Even her real name has been forgotten to history, just as Saint Julian would have wished.

Saint Julian's day was one of prayer. She was able to observe Mass through a small window into the church in her cell and the priest brought her Holy Communion daily. She had a small group of acquaintances who respected her hermitage but who were drawn to her holiness, purity, radiant peace and deep Catholicism.

On one occasion, Saint Julian fell ill and thought she was going to die. She reflected upon her sins and her life and then was given Sixteen visions by Our Lord and asked to write them down. They are known as the Sixteen Showings, or Sixteen Revelations.

By writing them down under obedience, Saint Julian became one of the first women authors in Britain. The book was called The Revelations of Divine Love', and especially centered upon the Holy Passion of Christ, which Saint Julian especially honoured and adored.

The Revelations of Divine Love show us Christ's deep love for his creatures and Julian's authentic Catholic spirituality, as she mentions Our Lady's central role, purgatory, devotions and the Mass among others.

Her book remains a classic in Christian literature and has gone through many editions, translations and publications. Saint Julian is classed as a mystical writer, with mystical imagery and thoughts. The book brings encouragement and peace, especially through Our Lord's central message of Trust, Trust in His Mercy and that "all will be well".

Our 2016 film about Saint Julian of Norwich is presented in her own words as a specific encounter with this Saint, her life and her writings.

We have several excerpts and trailers on our YouTube Channel as well as the full film to watch for free - wonderful for a serious meditation with Saint Julian upon her writings and especially upon the Passion of Christ.

The film is also available to rent, purchase, watch and keep on DVD worldwide and Instant video from Mary's Dowry Productions.

As we prepare for the re-dedication of England to Our Lady as her Dowry, we have been encouraged to meditate upon and read about the lives of the Saints of England and the English Martyrs. Saint Julian of Norwich is often associated mainly with the Anglican church, but she is a Roman Catholic Anchoress, a Catholic Mystic and is an excellent English Saint to get to know better, especially now.

For film resources about Saint Julian of Norwich: