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SAINT MICHAEL

Joan, your name is inscribed in Heaven
With the names of the saviors of France,
And there, to show His grandeur and His power,
 God keeps for you a throne of glory.
 
THE TWO SAINTS together.
We see with joy the sacred brilliance,
That already shines from your forehead,
And that we bring to you from Heaven.

SAINT CATHERINE

A martyr's palm

SAINT MARGARET

And a martyr's crown.

The Saints advance to give Joan the palm and the crown, but Saint Michael stops them, lifting his sword and chanting:

SAINT MICHAEL

One must fight before being victorious.

  

 

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Not yet the palm and crown for you.
Take up your arms, Joan, you greathearted girl,
Take up this sword, it's God who gives it to you.

Kneeling, Joan takes the sword, then stands. She looks on it with happiness and love, pressing it to her heart.

THE TWO SAINTS together.
 
We'll follow you through all the battles, Joan,
Making you always victorious.
And soon we'll be able to place
The crown of glory on your head.

JOAN

Melody: "Mignon sur la rive étrangère" ["Sweetheart on the Foreign Shore"]

 With you, beloved Saints,
I am not afraid of danger.
Yes, I shall leave these valleys
To track down the enemy.
I love France, my fatherland.
I want to save the Faith for her.
I shall sacrifice my life for her
And I shall fight for my king...
 

           

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 No, I am not afraid to die
I hope to live for Eternity!...
Now I must leave.
O my God, console my mother!...
 Saint Michael, bless me. (2x)

Joan kneels down to be blessed by Saint Michael, then she steps back.

[Epilogue]

Once Joan has left, Saint Michael looks up to Heaven and sings (Melody: "Les Rameaux" ["The Branches'].)

SAINT MICHAEL

I can already see the Blessed Ones of Heaven
Who rejoice at hearing the lyre
Of Leo XIII, immortal pope,
Singing for Joan, virgin and martyr.
I hear the universe proclaim
The virtues of this humble, pious child.
 
And I can hear God confirm
The beautiful name of blessed Joan!
 
In these great days, France will suffer,
Her impious enemies all around
But Joan will shine in glory
Every pure heart will invoke the Saint,
 

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Voices shall rise towards Heaven,
Singing in unison with love and confidence.
 
ALL THREE together.
 
Joan of Arc, hear our prayers,
Come save France a second time !!!...

                                      21 January 1894         

 

 

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