St. Joan

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Feast Day

May 30

Biography of St. Joan

St. Joan of Arc- Patroness of soldiers and France- was born on January 6, 1412 to pious parents of a French peasant family. Joan was born in the village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. Prior to May, 1428, Joan would hear the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.

Her strongest calling though came in May of 1428. At that time the English king wanted to seize the throne of France, and he had found an ally in the Duke of Burgundy who claimed more and more French territories. It was the epoch of despair for the French king. The voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret ordered Joan to visit the king, and help him repossess his kingdom. Joan hastened to obey and set off to lead the French army.

At first, she met much resistance, for it was unbecoming of a woman to be involved in the army, and women were of course the weaker vessel and belonged at home. However, the seventeen year old girl was able to overcome the opposition that she met from churchmen and so she was given a small army. With this army she was able to besiege Orleans on May 8, 1429. Following this, Joan had a series of military successes, and so with Joan at his side the king was able to enter Rheims and be crowned.

One year later, while attempting to relieve Compiegne, Joan was arrested by the Burgundians and sold to the English. She received no defense from Charles or the French. Consequently Joan was brought to trial at Rouen by a tribunal that was presided over by Bishop of Beauvais, Peter Cauchon.

Joan had little knowledge of theory, and through her trial she made damaging statements which led to further condemnation. It was felt that Joan’s statements about being led by the saints of God to justify her actions were characteristic of heresy, sorcery and adultery. As a result she received the death penalty and was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. Joan of Arc was nineteen years old.

Thirty years later, Joan was absolved of all guilt and blame. In 1920, she was canonized a saint. This was no news as people had known for centuries that Joan of Arc was a saint.

House Song

This is the song that goes out as a battle cry.

‘Blow the Trumpet’

They rush on the city, they run on the wall
Great is the army that carries out his word!
They rush on the city, they run on the wall
Great is the army that carries out his word!

The Lord utters His voice before His army…
The Lord utters His voice before His army!

They rush on the city, they run on the wall
Great is the army that carries out his word!
They rush on the city, they run on the wall
Great is the army that carries out his word!

The Lord utters His voice before His army…
The Lord utters His voice before His army!

Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm in My Holy mountain…
Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm!

Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm in My Holy mountain…
Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm!

Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm in My Holy mountain…
Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm!... sound the alarm!... sound the alarm!

Other Songs

On St. Joan’s feast day stanzas i and vi of the national anthem of France are also sung as St. Joan was french and led the french army.

‘La Marseillaise’
written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrive !
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L'etendard sanglant est leve ! (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces feroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Egorger nos fils et nos compagnes !

Refrain

Aux armes, citoyens !
Formez vos bataillons !
Marchons ! marchons !
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons !

Amour sacre de la Patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs !
Liberte, Liberte cherie,
Combats avec tes defenseurs ! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux, que la victoire
Accoure a tes males accents !
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire !

Refrain

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