Our Patron Saint

Saint Anne was born in Bethlehem, and married Joachim, from Nazareth in Galilee. Joachim was a shepherd, given the task of supplying the temple of Jerusalem with sheep for sacrifices.

After twenty years of marriage, Anne and Joachim had no children. Once, when Joachim overheard ridicule because of their childless state, he is said to have gone into the desert to plead with God to give them a child. After a time of fasting, an angel appeared to assure Joachim that he, and Anne would be given a child, and were to name their baby Mary, and dedicate her to God.

In the meantime, Saint Anne wondered where her husband had gone, and in her despair at having been barren, she prayed while she watched newborn birds in their nests in her garden. She cried out, “Why was I born, Lord?” That is when angel appeared, to tell her she would soon give birth to a daughter, she was to name Mary. The story continues with Anne and Joachim’s joyous reunion at the golden gate of Jerusalem.

After her birth, Anne and Joachim dedicated Mary to God at the temple of Jerusalem, and she spent much of her childhood there. When Mary was fourteen, they betrothed her to Joseph of Nazareth. And so, Mary’s story continues with the birth of her son, Jesus, and his life on earth.

The life of Saint Anne, and her connection as holy mother of Mary, and grandmother of Jesus, was very popular to early Christians. In the year 550, a church was built in honor of St. Anne in Jerusalem. It is believed to be near where Anne, Joachim and Mary lived.

Since the Seventh Century, the Greek and Russian Churches have celebrated feasts honoring St. Joachim, and St. Ann. The Western Churches began to celebrate the feast of St. Anne in the Sixteenth Century.
The feast of St. Anne is July 26th. There is no mention of Anne in the New Testament. The story of St. Anne comes chiefly from the Protoevangelium of James which only dated back to the second century.

St. Anne, patron saint of mothers and women in labor and minors, is symbolized by Mary in her lap holding the infant Jesus.

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