‘Mary’s Dowry Productions’ was named after that ancient and beloved title for England ‘Mary’s Dowry’ or ‘Our Lady’s Dowry’ which traditionally began in the year 1066. Based in the South of England in the United Kingdom, ‘Mary’s Dowry Productions’ was founded in 2007 as an Independent Catholic Film Production Company to use our love of the Catholic Faith, our Catholic heritage, history and the little resources that we have to produce original docudramas and documentaries in our simple style so as to share the lives of the Saints and Martyrs, many of whom are still so unknown. Currently in production (in its planning and writing stage) is a documentary on ‘Our lady of Walsingham’. Perhaps some of the most important events in the history of England were centred around or linked to ‘Our Lady of Walsingham’. Our own documentary will incorporate original portrayals of Richeldis de Faverches at the very beginning of the events of Walsingham during the reign of King Edward the Confessor. This absorbing and wonderful account is an important and interesting part of English history and Faith. Following the history of Walsingham throughout the centuries there will be sacred art, historical imagery, photographs, costumed portrayals from the 11th Century, 16th Century and 19th Century, film footage and much more. This documentary is being produced after numerous requests for a production on Our Lady of Walsingham by ‘Mary’s Dowry Productions’. In particular, the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham is full of rich symbolism. The original statue was venerated and decorated with jewels by King Henry VIII, who only ten years later had it dragged from Walsingham to Chelsea and burned in the presence of Thomas Cromwell after his apostasy from the Catholic Church. The current statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at the restored Shrine is a replacement of the one that had been burned and was made in the 1950′s. Since King Henry VIII and his government systematically destroyed most of England’s heritage by enacting a law requiring that all statues, places of pilgrimage and signs of devotion be destroyed (later outlawed and soon punishable by fines – such as the rosary – and death for a being a Catholic priest or attending Mass under Queen Elizabeth I), very little remains to this day from our rich Catholic history in England, and so a surviving image on the seal of the medieval priory of Walsingham was used to recreate the famous statue. There are also other statues depicting Our Lady of Walsingham such as this one from Westminster which was loaned to Arundel Cathedral during the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi this year 2011. As with the official Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, the Saxon Crown that Our Lady wears while seated upon a Saxon throne denotes Mary’s Queenship and the founding of the statue in the Year 1061. The Throne is also the ‘Seat of Wisdom’ and it is upon a Toadstone which is the East Anglian symbol of evil (cf. Gen 3:15). Our Lady holds a three fold lily-sceptre of virginity and sovereignty. There are two pillars of the throne denoting the pillars of the House of God and the Church. On one pillar there are three rings and on the other four, representing the Seven Sacraments instituted by Christ for His Church. Across the back of the throne is a rainbow denoting the Sign of the Covenant between God and all living creatures (cf. Gen 9:12 f). Our Lady points to Christ her Son and God, Redeemer of mankind. Christ extends His arm in a double gesture of blessing and protection of His Mother from attack. In His other Hand, Christ the Word made Flesh holds the Gospels. The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and the Holy House was one of the greatest places of pilgrimages in the world, ranking with Jerusalem, Rome and Compostela as one of the four greatest pilgrimage sites for all Christians. The title ‘Dowry of Mary’ or ‘Mary’s Dowry’ for England goes back to King Edward the Confessor. From the time of King Edward the Confessor, all of the Kings of England consecrated England to Our Lady, giving England as a gift to the Mother of God through to King Henry VIII. The whole history of Our Lady of Walsingham embodies almost a century of England’s history within it’s fascinating story. This documentary hopes to present the history and devotion of Our Lady of Walsingham with a rich Catholic spirituality, imagery, narrative, music and facts for a good and useful DVD resource. Coming soon. www.marysdowryproductions.org
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- St. Bega of Bees, in production, a film of her life
- St. Margaret Ward, English Martyr, the Weald and Downland, Chichester
- St. Mildred of Thanet, the Fairest Lily of the English, new film
- St Helen and the True Cross, a film of her life on DVD
- St Anthony of Padua, a new film presenting his life on DVD
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