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Saint Anne is the wife of Saint Joachim and the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the grandmother of our Savior Jesus Christ.
We depend on apocryphal literature, chiefly the Protoevangelium of James, for the history of Saint Anne. In this document we are told that Anne was advanced in years and that her prayers for a child had not been answered. Once as she prayed beneath a laurel tree near her home in Galilee, an angel appeared and said to her, “Anne, the Lord hath heard thy prayer and thou shalt conceive and bring forth, and thy seed shall be spoken of in all the world.” Anne replied, “As the Lord my God liveth, if I beget either male or female, I will bring it as a gift to the Lord my God; and it shall minister to Him in holy things all the days of its life" And so Joachim and Anne became the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
When Mary was three years old Joachim and Anne led their daughter to the Temple in Jersalem to consecrate her to God. The holiest parents on earth could not, in the plan of God, raise this Child as was needed. Mary remained in the temple until she was twelve years old at which time she was betrothed to Joseph. The event is know as the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is observed by Catholics as a Feast Day on the 21st of November each year.
“Good Saint Anne” is the loving way that many Catholics use to refer to the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fifty years after Saint Anne’s death, her body was brought to France by Saint Mary Magdalene and her companions. Countless churches have been dedicated to Saint Anne all over the world. Canada in particular is devoted to her and has a beautiful shrine called Saint Anne de Beaupre.
The feast day of Ss. Joachim and Anne is celebrated on the 26th of July each year.