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Saint Ann (Anne)

Born: c. 1st Century B.C.

Died: Unknown

Venerated: All of Christianity

Canonized: Pre-congregation; Cultus Extended to the Whole Church in 1584

Feast Day: Western Calendar - July 26; Eastern Calendar - July 25

Patronages: Against Poverty
Against Sterility
Broom Makers
Cabinetmakers
Carpenters
Childless People
Equestrians
Expectant Mothers
Grandparents
Homemakers
Horsemen
Housewives
Lace Makers
Lace Workers
Lost Articles
Miners
Mothers
Old-Clothes Dealers
Poor People
Pregnant Women
Riders
Seamstresses
Stablemen
Turners
Women in Labor
Places: Canada
France
Micmaqs
Diocese of Caxito, Angola
Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan
Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut
Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere, Quebec
Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
Alderney
Boschi Sant'Anna, Italy
Brittany, France
Caserta, Italy
Castagnole Monferrato, Italy
Castelletto d'Erro, Italy
Corinaldo, Italy
Corneliano d'Alba, Italy
Marsaskala, Malta
Molo
Philippines
Nueva Valencia, Philippines
Quebec, Canada
Sante-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec
Santa Cana, California
Santa Ana Indian Pueblo
San Joaquin, Philippines
Taos, New Mexico

Representations: Door
Holding Mary or Jesus in her Arms or Lap
At her Betrothal to Joachim
Teaching Mary to Read the Bible
Greeting Saint Joachim at Golden Gate
Woman with a Book in her Hand

Saints Joachim and Ann (Anne) (Parents of Mary)

Saints Joachim and Ann, both of the tribe of Judah of the royal house of David, are venerated by the Church as the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was probably their only child.  The other Mary mentioned in the Gospels as the sister of the Mother of God was believed to be her cousin; for this was a customary way of designating relatives in the East.

Saint Ann has been honored from early Christian times.  Churches were dedicated to her honor, and the Father, especially of the Eastern Churches, loved to speak of her sanctity and privileges.  She is often represented in teaching her little daughter to read the Scriptures.

Saint Joachim has been honored from time immemorial in the Churches of the East, and since the 6th century public devotion to him has been observed in all countries.  However, as in the case of Saint Ann, the Gospel tells us nothing about his life.

Tradition, grounded on very old testimonies, informs us that Saints Joachim and Ann, in their old age, came from Galilee to settle in Jerusalem, and there the Blessed Mother of God was born and reared; there also they died and were buried.  A church was built during the 4th century, possibly by Saint Helena, on the site of the home of Saints Joachim and Ann in Jerusalem.

Prayer: Lord, God of our fathers, through Saints Joachim and Ann You gave us the Mother of Your Incarnate Son.  May their prayers help us to attain the salvation You promised to Your people.  Amen.

 


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