Saturday, 28 November 2009

Arise Once More...

This evening we had a screening of Arise Once More at Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen. Produced by Christian Holden of St. Anthony Communications, it begins with the early arrivals of Christianity in Britain, and takes you on a tour of Catholic history, through the Medieval period and the Reformation, the Second Spring, the Modern Crisis. It ends with "The Revival" which sets forth the necessary steps for an authentic revival of Catholicism in Britain.

I was wielding my trusty camera, so managed to persuade the clergy to pose for a photo... Fr. Marcus Holden is on the left, with Fr. Charles Briggs (Parish Priest of Chislehurst, who came with a few of his parishioners) and Fr. Timothy Finigan.

Refreshments were available before the presentation - very necessary, given the vile weather outside...

It was an excellent DVD: though personally I think that a lot of the commentary could have been played while looking at the pictures of churches, statues, paintings, and so on... Fr. Marcus Holden told me that the budget for this first production was seriously limited (which you wouldn't guess from the quality of the DVD) which meant that there was a restriction on how many different images they could use.

This was a bit of a trip down memory lane for me: I remember when Christian Holden and his brother, now Fr. Marcus, first started St. Anthony Communications fourteen years ago, and, as the Advertising Manager for the Faith Magazine, I persuaded them to advertise with us...

Their next project, which promises to be even better, will be on the Sacrament of Confession. If you wish to buy a copy of Arise Once More, you can order it (and many other excellent books, DVDs and CDs) from the St. Anthony Communications website.

Here's the trailer for the DVD...

4 comments:

Patricius said...

I forgot this was tonight...

Marianne said...

We too had a very enjoyable launch at Ealing Abbey this afternoon. And a beautiful time of Adoration and Benediction, praying for the fruits of the new springtime.

Victoria said...

The biggest task is how to get the 20-40 year olds to care enough for the Faith to come along to presentations such as these. I imagine you would have been the youngest person present. The solution I think is to recatholicise the schools. It's all very well to say that teaching the Faith is primarily the parents' responsibility - possibly true but if the parents at school didn't receive orthodox formation - if their jug is empty - how do they satisfy their children's thirst?

Mac McLernon said...

Victoria - the photos were taken at an early stage in the proceedings, and so don't show the families which attended... there were at least eleven young people watching the presentation.

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