Saint Anne and her husband, Joachim, were childless late into their lives, though they both desperately wanted a child. In desperation, Joachim went into the desert to fast and pray for a child. At home, Anne bewailed her fate until one day, with Joachim in the desert, she looked up to see an angel descending to tell her that she would conceive a child who would become famous throughout the world. At that same moment, Joachim, the story says, received the same vision in the desert. He rushed back toward the city to find Anne waiting for him at the city gate. Soon thereafter, Anne became pregnant and later gave birth to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Anne is the patron of grandmothers because she was the grandmother of Jesus of Nazareth. She is the patron of women hoping to become pregnant because her long patience was rewarded. The shell above Anne’s head is an ancient symbol of listening patiently for the word of God. The book in her hand represents the Old Testament, where Anne found the story of Hannah, a hopeful story much like her own.
This one of a kind figure is completely hand made by Hank Schlau and hand painted by his wife Karen Schlau. Made of durable material that can be displayed both indoors and outdoors.
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