Saint Joachim and Saint Anne
Apr 29, 2015 / Written by: America Needs Fatima
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.