Saint Ann (Anne)
Born: c. 1st Century B.C.
Venerated: All of Christianity
Feast Day: Western Calendar - July 26; Eastern Calendar - July 25
Patronages: Carpenters; Childless People; Equestrians; Grandparents; Housewives; Lace Makers; Lost Articles; Miners; Mothers; Old Clothes Dealers; Poverty; Pregnancy; Seamstresses; Stablemen; Sterility; Children
Places: Brittany; Canada; Detroit, Michigan
Saints Joachim and Ann (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, and is believed, 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.