25 July 2013

Ss. Joachim & Anne

According to tradition, Joachim and Anne have come to us as being the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. There is no scriptural evidence, but this tradition dates back to the early years of the Church, as does the story which tells us that after many years of not having a child, an angel appeared to them and told them that God would be granting them this blessing.

What is undisputed is that the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary nurtured her, and taught her, and raised her up in such a way that she was prepared to respond in obedience to God at the time of the archangel Gabriel’s visit to her, announcing that Mary would miraculously conceive and bear a Son.

St. Joachim and St. Anne serve as examples and intercessors for all parents and grandparents.

Almighty God, heavenly Father, we remember in thanksgiving this day St. Joachim and St. Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and we pray that we all may be made one in the heavenly family of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.