Saint Joan Of Arc

Joan carrying the banner of Christ in Judgement into battle

Joan of Arc, nicknamed The Maid of Orléans was born in 1412 in Domrémy, Bar, France to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle, a low ranked peasant family. At the age of twelve Joan began to received visions of the ArchAngel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine instructing her to support Charles the seventh and recover France from English domination. At the age of sixteen, she asked a relative named Durand Lassois to take her to the town Vaucouleurs where she pressed the garrison commander, Robert de Baudricourt, for permission to visit the royal French court at Chinon. Although she was denied she returned the next year with Jean de Metz and Bertrand de Poulengy, two Baudricourt soldiers, to support her and received two meetings with the council. That April, Joan was sent several military men and she was joined in her fight by her brothers Jean and Pierre. A banner was painted for her to carry into battle with an image of Christ in judgment.

Joan praying to the Saints.

When she was asked about the sword she would wield, Joan said that it would be discovered in the church of Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois and it was. On May 4 Joan led the French in an attack to capture the fortress of Saint Loup, and the next day to a second fortress called Saint Jean le Blanc. Joan demanded another attack but was refused by the council and locked in the city to prevent her from launching the attack. She escaped custody and led a secret attack on the main English stronghold, Les Tourelles.

A painting of Joan of Arc's sword.

July 17 Joan attended Charles' coronation finally fulfilling her destiny. A truce with England was finally decided within the next following months but as tension between the Catholic Church and a English Protestant group called Hussites began it ascend the truce came to an end.

The coronation of Prince Charles the seventh.

On May 23, 1430 Joan led an attack on an enemy camp in Margny resulting in her capture. January 9th 1431 Joan was put on trial but all acusations were demened to be unworthy of capital punishment. As the trials contunued she remained in jail for a year until she was found guilty of cross dressing and was condemed to die.

Joan interrogated in prison by the Cardinal of Winchester.

On May 30, 1431 Joan was burned at the stake. She asked two of the clergy, Martin Ladvenu and Isambart de la Pierre, to hold a cross before her. An English soldier also constructed a small cross which was put in the front of her dress. After she died, the English raked back the coals to show her body so that no one could claim she had escaped alive, then burned the body twice more to reduce it to ashes. They then casted her remains into the Seine River.

Joan of Arc's execution.

I chose this saint because she is very brave and I hope she will help me to do so.I think this saint is important to Christianity because she gave up everything and took a tremendous risk to do the impossible to do God's bidding.Joan of Arc taught me that no matter what people say anything is possible. She was a girl and it was deemed girls couldnt be knights but she became one anyways.I will use the lessons from her life to help me everyday by remembering "A strong person isn't the one who doesn’t cry. A strong person is the one who sheds tears for a moment, picks up her sword and fights again." - St. Joan of Arc

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