Feastday: July 26th
Patron of: Christian mothers, all women in labor
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God.
Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend and tradition.
We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, and the legend told in this document
says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child.
Anne promised to dedicate this child to God (much the way that Samuel was dedicated by his mother
Hannah -- Anne -- in 1 Kings).
For those who wonder what we can learn from people we know nothing about and how we can honor them,
we must focus on why they are honored by the church. Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, the
truth is that it was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother
of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God's request with faith, "Let it be done to me as you
will." It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus.
It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her
son was crucified and still believe.
Prayer to St. Anne
Prayer: Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter. Amen