“‘When the poor girl heard of the hard and cruel death which awaited her, she began to cry bitterly.’
“As soon as she could be quieted, Martin Ladvenu heard her confession. He then went to the bishop and received permission for the Maid to receive Holy Communion.
“Massieu says ‘that on this occasion the Body of Christ was irreverently brought to her, without lights, surplice or stole.’
“Martin Ladvenu was horrified at such culpable disrespect and immediately sent for candles and a stole.
“She then received Communion. The Dominican said that when Joan received our Lord her lively faith and abundance of tears were beyond description.”
Next to Joan on the way to her execution walked two men: Father Isambard de Ia Pierre and Father Martin Ladvenu, and they were the men who held up the cross in front of her to give her courage as she burned.
May 30, 1431