St. Joachim & St. Anne Reflection from the USCCB

St.Ann Joachim Mary“Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne & Joachim on July 26th. An ancient story dating to the first centuries of the Church’s life recalls how Saints Anne & Joachim, like Abraham and Sarah, were scorned by their neighbors because they had no children.

Years of longing did not weaken their trust in God, but grief eventually drove Saint Joachim into the wilderness to fast and pray. Saint Anne, remaining at home, dressed in mourning clothes and wept because she had no child of her own. Seeing her mistress distressed, a servant girl reminded Anne to put her trust in God. Saint Anne washed her face, put on her bridal clothes and went to a garden to plead with God for a child.

Angels appeared to Saint Anne in her garden and Saint Joachim in the desert, promising that, despite their old age, they would give birth to a child who would be known throughout the world. The new parents ran to meet one another at Jerusalem’s Golden Gate, and with a kiss rejoiced in the new life which God had promised would be theirs. Saints Anne and Joachim are powerful intercessors for all married couples, expectant mothers and married couples who are having difficulty conceiving, as well as all who have grown old.”

- From USCCB

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5 Responses to St. Joachim & St. Anne Reflection from the USCCB

  1. lupe ramirez says:

    Hi Nick I have a question, I hope u can help me. How do I explain to those who ask me about the virgin marys parents St Anne and St Joachim. They are not mentioned the the Bible. Thats always the first thing they say “Where does it say that in the Bible?” Thank you

  2. Nancy Boyd says:

    Thank you, I have always wondered about Our Blessed Mother’s parents.

  3. Lydia Saenz says:

    Holy St. Anne and Holy St Joachim please intercede for me to your Grandson Jesus and to your Blessed Daughter Mary.To please heal my Beautiful Cousin Perla Barrera Garcia from Alice she is ill at this time in the hospital.She needs Spiritual healing,and also mental and Physical healing.Please have Mercy on her and on her ailing mother,sick sister ,and her ill brother too. Thank you for intercedeing for me. St. Joachim,please watch over our beautiful grandson who is 7 yrs. old. His name is Joaquin Daniel Tagle.As well as my friends grandson who is 5yrs. old His name is Joaquin Arnoldo Garcia. Thanks again! We love you both!!

  4. Catherine Cumming says:

    I was interested in the above story, as my mother passed on 7/26/13. She was 97 years old.

  5. Gretchen says:

    Hi Lupe, the identity of the parents of the Virgin Mary are a part of historical tradition handed down from the early centuries of the Church; just as we as today we tell our children who their grandparents and great-grandparents were, so also this knowledge has been handed down orally within the Church, especially for those who were the ancestors of Jesus.

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