A Message from the Senior Warden

On this day of the church calendar, Jeanne d’arc (Joan of Arc) is remembered.  Born around 1412, she was illiterate yet had a deep faith instilled in her by her mother.  This was during the ‘Hundred Years War” with England.  She was 13 years of age when she heard voices sent by God to save France by installing Charles VII as the rightful ruler of England.

She lobbied Charles the VII in 1429 for an army to lead to the embattled city of Orleans.  This battle lifted the siege of Orleans and drove the  Anglo-Burgundians from the city across the Loire River.   In the spring of 1430, the king ordered her to Compiegne to defend the city against a Burgundian assault.  During this battle, she was thrown from her horse and the gates of the city were closed before she could make her way back and she was captured.

Her trial contained 70 charges against her which included witchcraft, heresy and dressing like a man.  In May 1431, she agreed to sign a confession denying she had received divine guidance.  However, a few days late she recanted and on May 30 she was taken to Rouen and burned at the stake.  Charles VII ordered a new trial 20 years later and her named was cleared.  Her mythic stature continued to rise until 1920 when she was canonized as the patron saint of France.  (History.com)

John Worsham, Senior Warden

Blessings in a Backpack 

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Lisa Estes-Cheatham