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July 26

Sts Anne and Joachim - July 26

Saints Anne and Joachim

Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Late First Century B.C. – Early First Century A.D.)

“The Lord has looked upon thy tears; thou shalt conceive and give birth and the fruit of thy womb shall be blessed by all the world.”

The Angel’s response to Saint Anne’s request for a child

Their Life

There is no actual Biblical data on Saints Joachim and Anne. So, all our information concerning the names and lives of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Blessed Virgin Mary, is derived from apocryphal literature, the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary, the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and the Protoevangelium of James. 

Childless for Twenty Years

The Protoevangelium gives the following account: In Nazareth, there lived a rich and pious couple, Joachim and Anne (Hannah in Hebrew meaning grace). They were childless for twenty years. When on a feast day, Joachim presented himself to offer sacrifice in the temple.  He was pushed back by a certain Ruben, under the pretext that men without offspring were unworthy to be admitted.

Prayers Answered By An Angel

Whereupon Joachim, bowed down with grief, did not return home. Instead, he went into the mountains to make pray to God in solitude. Also Anne, having learned the reason of the prolonged absence of her husband, cried to the Lord to take away from her the curse of sterility, promising to dedicate her child to the service of God. Their prayers were heard; an angel came to Anne and said: “Hannah, the Lord has looked upon thy tears; thou shalt conceive and give birth and the fruit of thy womb shall be blessed by all the world”. The angel made the same promise to Joachim, who returned to his wife. Anne gave birth to a daughter whom she called Miriam (Mary).

Mary Taken to the Temple at Three

As a child, Mary was taken to the temple and her parents suffered great sorrow, but at the same time joy for fulfilling the vows they had made to the Lord. Mary was three years old when Anne and Joachim led Her to the Temple steps, saw Her pass by Herself into the inner sanctuary, and then saw Her no more. Thus was Anne left childless in her old age, and deprived of her purest earthly joy. The holiest parents on earth could not, in the plan of God, raise the Blessed Virgin Mary as was needed.

Their Death

Anne and Joachim humbly adored the Divine Will. They continued to watch and pray, until God called them to unending rest. The exact year and location on their death is unknown. While we know very little about the lives of Joachim and Anne, we do know that they must have been outstanding people to have been entrusted with raising the Mother of God.

Devotion to Saint Anne dates back to the sixth century in the Church of Constantinople and the eighth century in Rome. Saint Joachim was honored very early by the Greeks. Devotion to her has been popular in the East from the very early days of the Church; widespread devotion in the West began in the 16th century, but many shrines have developed since.

 

Saint Anne is the patron saint of the province of Quebec, where the well-known shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre, (the site of many miracles) is located.

 

Born :                   Late First Century B.C.

Died:                    Early First Century A.D

Beatified:            Pre-Congregation

Canonized:         Pre-Congregation

Feast Day:          July 26

Patron Saint:    Against Sterility; Fathers; Grandfathers; Grandmothers; Grandparents; Mothers; Pregnant Women; Quebec, Canada; Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec; Women In Labor

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Reflection 

Saint’s Anne and Joachim’s story reflects the importance of family and faith. They were a devout Jewish couple who, despite their old age and barrenness, remained faithful to God’s plan. They accepted their roles in the divine plan without question, even when faced with societal expectations. Their unwavering faith and commitment to each other are qualities that can inspire us in our own lives. It reminds us that, through faith, even the seemingly impossible can be made possible.

How can you inspire others today through your faithfulness to God in your actions and words?

Prayers

Saints Joachim and Anne, you were given the incredible privilege and responsibility to give birth to and raise Mary, the Mother of God. Her presence in your lives touched you both deeply and left you in awe of God’s grace. Please pray for us, that we may come to love your daughter and your Grandson with the same love you bore for each of them, so that we will enjoy their company in Heaven one day, just as you do today.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us. Amen.

NOVENA PRAYER TO SAINTS ANNE & JOACHIM

Good parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
grandparents of our Savior, Jesus Christ
When life seems barren,
help us to trust in God’s mercy.
When we are confused,
help us to find the way to God.
When we are lost in the desert,
lead us to those whom God has called us to love.
When our marriage seems lifeless,
show us the eternal youth of the Lord.
When we are selfish,
teach us to cling only to that which lasts.
When we are afraid,
help us to trust in God.
When we are ashamed,
remind us that we are God’s children.
When we sin,
lead us to do God’s will.
You who know God’s will for husband and wife,
help us to live chastely.
You who know God’s will for the family,
keep all families close to you.
You who suffered without children,
intercede for all infertile couples.
You who trusted in God’s will,
help us to respect God’s gift of fertility.
You who gave birth to the Blessed Mother,
inspire couples to be co-creators with God.
You who taught the Mother of God,
teach us to nurture children in holy instruction.
You whose hearts trusted in God,
hear our prayers for . . . (state your request).
Pray with us for the ministry of Catholic family life.

 

Saint Links 

Aleteia – 5 Ways Sts. Joachim and Anne are 21st-century saints

All Saints & Martyrs – Saint Anne – Mother of the Virgin

All Saints & Martyrs – Saint Joachim – Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

AnaStpaul – Saint/s of the Day – 26 July – Sts Joachim and Anne – Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Grandparents of Jesus

Bartleby – Rev. Alban Butler Volume VII: July. The Lives of the Saints. 1866. July 26 St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin

Catholic Exchange – Saints Joachim & Anne: Fruitful Infertility by Michele Chronister

Catholic Ireland – Jul 26 – Sts Joachim and Anne – Parents of Mary

Catholic News Agency – Sts. Anne and Joachim Feast day: Jul 26

CatholicSaints.Info – Saints of the Day – Joachim and Ann, Parents of Mary by Katherine I Rabenstein

Franciscan Media – Saints Joachim and Anne

Herald of the Gospel – Parents of the Messiah’s Mother, Grandparents of God! By Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, EP

Loyola Press – Saints Joachim and Ann Feast day July 26

My Catholic Life – Saints Joachim and Anne

Newman Ministries – Saint Anne

Reason2bCatholic – Saints Alive! | St. Anne and St. Joachim

Saints, Feast, Family – Saints Joachim and Anne’s Story

Saints for Sinners – Saint Ann / Anne / Anna

Saint Mary’s Press – Sts. Joachim and Anne (1st century)

Saint Resource – Anne and Joachim

uCatholic – Saints Joachim and Anne, Grandparents of Jesus

Video Link

Sts. Joachim and Anne – YouTube (Catholic Online)

Saint Joachim and Saint Anne – The Grandparents of Jesus – YouTube (Catholic Church England and Wales)

SAINT OF THE DAY | Saints Joachim and Anne – YouTube (Holy Fatima)