Today is the Memorial of Sts Joachim and Anne.
We don’t know much about them, except they were the parents of Mary, and therefore the grandparents of Jesus. In order to bear the Son of God, Mary was made immaculate, without the stain of sin. I think it’s safe to say that Joachim and Anne must have been pretty special, too.
Tradition has it that Anne was childless until old age. Thinking her child would be a son, she promised to dedicate him to the temple. Recognizing that Mary was a gift from God, she kept her promise, and Mary served in the temple from the age of three.
St. Anne is the beloved companion of women in many stages of life: she is the Patron of housewives, grandmothers, unmarried women, and women in labour.
There is a well known prayer some of us use: St Anne, St Anne, find me a man!
Most of us have the blessing of knowing the unceasing, unconditional love of a grandmother. Through the generosity of God, our family extends to those in His presence in heaven, therefore we can then claim Sts Joachim and Anne as our grandparents, and turn to them for their intercession, guidance, and consolation.
Prayer of the year from Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre
|Basilica of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec|
Good Saint Anne, you are the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. You open our eyes to the goodness of God our Father who sent his Son Jesus, God made man, to walk in our midst.
Saint Anne, as you pray for us and with us, our trust in the Father grows.
We now present our intentions to you and offer you all those in need. We pray that we may become WITNESSES OF THE LORD JESUS; witnesses of His love for each one of us and of His compassion for the entire world.
|Good St. Anne, pray for us|