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St. Joan of Arc

Joan of ArcMay 30th is the Feastday of St. Joan of Arc! God called Joan to help the King of France regain his territory from the invading English. St. Joan humbly obeyed, and with great fortitude and perseverance, led the French armies to victory. You can hear the full story of St. Joan on Glory Story Vol. 6, “God’s Hero on Horseback.” In honor of St. Joan’s feastday, we are offering a special deal on this Glory Story!

 

The Visitation

The Feast of the Visitation is celebrated on May 31st! We remember the Visitation when we pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary! You can learn more about the Visitation by ordering our discounted Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary CD and the companion “Childhood of Jesus” coloring book (Great for little kids to color while they are praying the rosary !).Also, these are great for summer road trips!

 

The Fleur-De-Lis

fleurs-de-lisAlmost everyone has seen the symbol of the fleur-de-lis somewhere. Historically, it is also particularly associated with the French monarchy. In fact, St. Joan of Arc carried a banner emblazoned with several fleurs-de-lis because they are symbols of France. But did you know that the fleur-de-lis itself traditionally has Catholic origin and symbolism? There are many stories about how the fleur-de-lis, which symbolizes a lily, was miraculously given to King Clovis the very first Christian king of France upon his conversion to Christianity. However it happened, the Catholic French symbol of the fleur-de-lis symbolizes perfection, light, and life. Because it is a lily, the fleur-de-lis also stands for Mary, our Blessed Mother, and her perfect purity. In addition, because there are three petals, the fleur-de-lis can also stand for the Trinity.

Craft

Create your own shield and coat of arms, and decorate it using the Catholic symbol of the fleur-de-lis.

Supplies:
Cardstock and/or cardboard
Scissors
Glue
Crayons, Markers, and/or Glitter glue (and whatever else you want to use to decorate)
Fleur-de-lis pattern (click to download and print)
Packaging tape (optional)

Instructions:
Trace out the shape of a shield on cardboard or cardstock, and then cut it out. Print out the shape of the fleur-de-lis and then cut it out. Or, you can draw your own fleur-de-lis symbol on paper and cut it out. You can decorate your fleur-de-lis shape, but make sure it is still recognizable as a lily and a symbol of purity. Glue this to the center of your shield. (However, if you decorate with glitter glue, like we did, you might want to glue the fleur-de-lis shape onto the shield BEFORE you decorate! It’s less messy that way, and the shape will get less soggy).

shield craftNow, decorate your shield. Typically, a soldier had his coat-of-arms on his shield, so that he could be recognized (like the shape of an eagle or a castle). You can make your own coat of arms for your shield, using symbols of things that are important to you. The fleur-de-lis lily in the center of your shield, though, should remind you that your faith should be the center of your life!

When you are done, if you would like, you can cut a strip of cardstock and attach it in a loop to the back of the shield so you can easily hold onto it. (Packaging tape works great, but scotch tape or glue might work as well.)

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