Sts. Joachim and Anne (Feast: July 26)
According to tradition, Our Lady’s parents were Joachim and Anne to whom, after years of childlessness, and much prayer, an angel appeared and announced they would bear a child.
Much like Hannah who dedicated her son Samuel to the service of God (1 Kings), Anne also dedicated Mary to God as a child. Hence, we find the abundant iconography representing the child Mary being presented in the Temple.
Eastern tradition of devotion to the parents of Mary goes back to the sixth century.
Relics of St. Anne were brought from the Holy Land to Constantinople in 710. In the twelfth century, this devotion reached the West, with Crusaders bringing back relics of St. Anne to Western Europe.
Two popular shrines to Saint Anne are that of Ste. Anne D’Auray in Britanny in western France, and that of St. Anne de Beaupre near Quebec, where countless mementos hang in thanksgiving for favors and healings granted.
DAILY QUOTE for April 22, 2021
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Theodore of Sykeon
In the mountainous region of Trent in Germany, there lived a notorious robber who made his living by bringing misfortune on others.