For our monthly novena, join us in praying to St. Joan of Arc from May 21st – 29th (Her feast day is May 30th).
“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”- St. Joan of Arc
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of France. Joan was born to a peasant family in Champagne, France in the early 15th century.
From a young age, she heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret speaking to her. When she was 13 years old, she received a vision from them telling her to go to the King of France and help him reconquer his kingdom from the invading forces of England and Burgundy.
She faced much opposition, but eventually, members of the court and of the Church gave her a small army. She charged into battle bearing a banner with the names “Jesus” and “Mary” and a symbol of the Holy Spirit, claiming it was “forty times” better than a sword.
Due to her faith, she was martyred and burned at the stake. Her last words testified to her resilient trust in God and her courageous spirit: “Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames.”
Many women look up to St. Joan of Arc as a brave and fearless woman who was willing to do anything to follow her divine calling. May we all learn from her unfailing strength and love for God. We pray throughout this novena that St. Joan of Arc will come alongside us to fight our current battles.
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Prayers each day:
Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Saint Joan of Arc, patron of France, my patron saint, I ask you now to fight this 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:
(Mention your request here…)
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.
Saint Joan Pious daughter of the church, Pray for me.
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