Defender of the Eucharist - Saint Polydore Plasden


Defender of the Eucharist
The Story of St. Polydore Plasden 

Saint Polydore Plasden is one of the English Martyrs, a young Catholic priest in his late twenties who gave his life in Elizabethan England for his priesthood and the Catholic Faith.  The son of a musical instrument maker in London, Saint Polydore was ordained a priest and entered England secretly to bring the outlawed Sacraments to Elizabethan Catholics.   

Hunted by notorious priest catcher Richard Topcliffe, Father Polydore was arrested in the home of Saint Swithun Wells in London.  He was celebrating Mass at the time and rather than escape he struck a bargain with Topcliffe to surrender if he was allowed to finish.  Topcliffe agreed.  Father Plasden made certain every fragment of the Eucharist was consumed to prevent desecration.  He then surrendered to the priest hunter.  His trial was a farce, his imprisonment an opportunity for sacrifice and prayer and his death was so brave that Sir Walter Raleigh was moved to seek his reprieve. St. Polydore was canonized in 1970 - one of our great English Saints and Martyrs.

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 holy priest.

Length and Format:

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

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