Thursday 14 June 2012

Welsh Martyr now on DVD

That great producer of DVDs tracing the history of the Faith in England and Wales, 
Mary's Dowry Productions,  has just launched their latest film on the life and death of St Richard Gwyn (1537-1584).

St Richard was a Welsh schoolteacher, husband to Catherine and father of six children, only three of whom, survived him.

He was, by all accounts, something of a character and, when taken in chains to a Protestant service, he rattled them so much that he was quickly transferred to the stocks where a Protestant clergyman taunted him by saying that the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven were no less to him than St Peter.

This resulted in St Richard replying:

"There is this difference, namely, that whereas Peter received the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, the keys you received were obviously those of the beer cellar."

I have only seen a trailer to the production but it appears good and inspirational (as are all MD's productions). 
I would only gently hint at the make-up effects, maybe better wigs might be a good investment, I found St Richard's mass of ginger locks somewhat distracting, a small moan for a great DVD.

Posted by Richard Collins - Linen on the Hedgerow

Friday 8 June 2012

The Feast of Corpus Christi in Wales

Last night, at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sung Mass was celebrated by Father Jason Jones together with the Newcastle Emlyn Schola.

Some forty souls attended, a small number in Cathedral terms but very large when compared with how things were five years ago before Summorum Pontificum.

Then we would have been fortunate to have five in the congregation.

In another five years, I hope that we will have 100 plus attending Mass and fulfilling their obligation on this great feast.

The following clip is Byrd's Agnus Dei from last night's Mass.

It is pleading and plaintive:

"Have mercy on us O Lord and speed  support for the Holy Father in restoring tradition to our liturgy and Faith"

Posted by: Richard Collins - Linen on the Hedgerow

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