St. Anne’s Mother’s Group





Feast Day:  July 26 celebrates St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of Mary


St. Anne, the Mother of Mary


Mary's parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne, are both of the tribe of Judah of the royal house of David and 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, it is believed, her cousin; for this was a customary way of designating relatives in the East.

St. Anne has been honoured from early Christian times.  Churches were dedicated to her honour, and the Fathers, especially of the Eastern Churches, loved to speak of her sanctity and privileges.  She is often represented as teaching her little daughter to read the Scriptures.

The feast honouring the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on the day that the basilica in honour of St. Anne was dedicated in Constantinople in the year 550.  Her feast has been observed in the West since the time of the Crusades in the thirteenth century, but it was not placed in the Roman Missal until 1505.

Details about Joachim and Anne are found only in apocryphal literature, such as the Protoevangelium of St. James, which dates back to approximately 165.  It states that Mary's birth was miraculous because her parents were sterile, and an angel predicted her birth to Joachim after he had fasted for forty days in the desert.

Tradition, grounded on very old testimonies, informs us that St. Joachim and St. Anne 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 St. Helena, on the site of the home of St. Joachim and St. Anne in Jerusalem.

St. Anne is greatly venerated in Canada, where there is an imposing basilica in her honour at Beaupre in Quebec.

*  The above information is found in the books:

“Saints of the Roman Calendar"    Enzo Lodi

"Lives of the Saints"                         Rev. Hugo Hoever

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