Joan of Arc, Soldier for Christ, Maid of Orleans, Patron Saint of France.
Over the next few weeks we will be finishing the post production and editing of our new film about Saint Joan of Arc. This film will be released onto DVD and will be available in all region formats from our online shops:
For this film we recreated footage from key moments in Saint Joan’s life. We spent a day on location in Sussex in the wild fields and meadows near West Grinstead. In our film we follow the journey of Saint Joan, from her early life, to her call from Christ to be his soldier and liberate France, and her final sacrifice. Saint Joan has left us an inspiring a powerful witness of obedience, prayer, purity, courage and humility as well as many other great virtues and lessons. We look at the journey of Saint Joan, the battles that she fought, her spiritual life and many of her words, concluding with her Canonisation and the poems and prayers in honour of Saint Joan of Arc which were written by Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower.
Here is the text from Saint Therese of Lisieux’s poem to for the Canonisation of Saint Joan of Arc:
1 God of hosts, the whole Church Soon wishes to honor at the Altar
A Martyr, a warrior Virgin Whose sweet name resounds in Heaven.
By your Power, O King of Heaven, Give to Joan of FranceThe Halo and the Altar
2 A conqueror for guilty France, No, that is not the object of her desire.Joan alone is capable of saving it.All heroes weigh less than a martyr!
3 Lord, Joan is your splendid work. A heart of fire, a warrior’s soul:You gave them to the timid virgin Whom you wished to crown with laurels.
4 In her humble meadow Joan heard Voices from Heaven calling her into combat. She left to save her country. The sweet Child commanded the army.
5 She won over the souls of proud warriors. The divine luster of Heaven’s messenger, Her pure gaze, her fiery words Were able to make bold brows give way….
6 By a prodigy unique in history, People then saw a trembling monarch Regain his crown and his glory By means of a child’s weak arm.
7 It is not Joan’s victories We wish to celebrate this day. My God, we know her true glories. Are her virtues, her love.
8 By fighting, Joan saved France. But her great virtues Had to be marked with the seal of suffering, With the divine seal of Jesus her Spouse!
9 Sacrificing her life at the stake, Joan heard the voice of the Blessed. She left this exile for her Homeland. The Savior Angel reascended into Heaven!…
10 Joan, you are our only hope. From high in the Heavens, deign to hear our voices. Come down to us, come convert France. Come save her a second time.
By the power Of the Victorious God Save, save France, Angel Liberator !…
11 Chasing the English out of all France, Daughter of God, how beautiful were your steps! But remember that in the days of your childhood You only tended weak lambs…
Take up the defense Of the powerless. Preserve innocence In the souls of children.
12 Sweet Martyr, our monasteries are yours. You know well that virgins are your sisters, And like you the object of their prayers Is to see God reign in every heart.
To save souls Is their desire. Ah! give them your fire Of Apostle and Martyr! Of Apostle and Martyr!
13 Fear will be banished from every heart When we shall see the Church crown The pure brow of Joan our Saint, And then we shall be able to sing:
Our hope Rests in you, Saint Joan of France, Pray, pray for us!