PN 4


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.

Refrain 1

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.

Refr. 2

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...

Refr. 3

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.

Refr. 4

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:

Refr. 5

Our hope Rests in you, Saint Joan of France, Pray, pray for us!


© Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc

Canticle to obtain the Canonization of the Venerable Joan of Arc


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datation: May 8, 1894

addressee: Céline (Sr Geneviève)