St.Joan of Arc
May 30 Feast Day
Joan of Arc is a very interesting saint! We are getting to know her even better ever since we moved close to New Orleans. Every year on her birthday, which happens to be Epiphany on January 6th there is a major parade in the French Quarters. Yes, it’s New Orleans with plenty of parades to make one sick of them but this one is different. Let this article explain.
The parades.tells the story of Joan of Arc’s life in chronological order all the way through to her sainthood. An array of marching groups — including the Amazons, the Chorus Girls Project, the Muff-a-lottas and Skinz and Bonez — parade in costume and are led by the Kilts of Many Colours Bagpipes and Drums group. Parade battalions figure prominently, including The Gates of Orléans, Joan’s Trial and, new to his year, one representing Joan of Arc’s hometown of Domrémy.
Highlights include toasts from The Historic New Orleans Collection and Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, from the Williams Research Center balcony at 400 Chartres St.; a sword blessing at St. Louis Cathedral by the Very Rev. Father Philip Landry; and the crowning of the king and a king cake ceremony at the parade’s conclusion, at Washington Artillery Park.
There also will be a group of court jesters carrying a birthday cake for the Maid of Orleans, who is selected each year through an application process and who is joined by New Orleanians in the community portraying the French king and queen who supported Joan in her battles against the English. (While the French were victorious, Joan was captured by the English, tried and convicted and burned at the stake.) The New Orleans Advocate
The picture doesn’t do it justice since it was taken by my husband’s cell phone but it gives you an idea of the parade.
I also like that they throw to those watching some neat stuff from handmade Joan of Arc dolls to even Joan of Arc medals. The first year my kids attended, my son received a very nice sword made out of wood. This beats all those ugly beads from the other parades! My children enjoy this parade and it is something fun to do on Feast of the 3 Kings!
This was 2 years ago with one of my husband’s co-worker.
Barabara Beckwith from Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior: A Seven-day Retreat, reflections is just perfect, I believe about Joan of Arc.
Joan of Arc is like a shooting star across the landscape of French and English history, amid the stories of the Church’s saints and into our consciousness. Women identify with her; men admire her courage. She challenges us in fundamental ways. Despite the fact that more than 500 years have passed since she lived, her issues of mysticism, calling, identity, trust and betrayal, conflict and focus are our issues still.
Read more about Joan while you pray over at St.Joan of Arc Novena.
Here are some books, coloring, and snack ideas to celebrate to this amazing young saint, Joan of Arc.
Saint Joan: The Girl Soldier (Vision Books) (Affiliate)
We got this for one of girls for the Feast of the 3 Kings. I just love this series of books, they are perfect for read aloud!
This is one of the kids favorite books that it doesn’t have the cover any more. They just love this book!
Joan of Arc (Affiliate)
This book we gave to our oldest daughter and it is about the best book written on Joan of Arc. It really blew my mind away and I found it very interesting that it was written by another New Orleans /Louisiana/Mississippi famous writer, Mark Twain!
This print out about the virtue of obedience goes perfect with Joan of Arc and helps the kids to understand the virtue.
This packet below is free over at Teachers pay Teachers by Catholic Cutie which includes:
1 May Calendar
1 May Blank Calendar
1 Shield/Virtues Coloring Page
1 Domremy Childhood Home Paper Cut Out
1 Mini Saint Statue
1 Saint Joan of Arc Poster Page
Nothing like having beignets and coffee at New Orlean’s famous Cafe Du Monde to get a sense of French style breakfast (dessert more like it).
Check out Joan of Arc , Litanies at Catholic Tradition
Saint Joan of Arc, patron of France, my patron saint, I ask you now to fight the is battle with me by prayer, just as you led your troops to victory in battle.
You, who were filled with the Holy Spirit and chosen by God, help me this day with the favor I ask
[here say your intention].
Grant me by your divine and powerful intercession, the courage and strength I need to endure this constant fight. Oh St. Joan, help me to be victorious in the tasks God presents to me.
I thank you and ask you for your continuing protection of God’s people.
Joan of Arc, Pray for us!
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With Love of Christ,