The Saints of the Week: Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Patron Saints of grandparents and parents.
Anne (Hebrew: Ḥannah) was born in Bethlehem, Judaea. She married Joachim, and, although they shared a wealthy and devout life at Nazareth, they eventually lamented their childlessness. Joachim, reproached at the Temple for his sterility, retreated into the countryside to pray, while Anne, grieved by his disappearance and by her barrenness, solemnly promised God that, if given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord’s service. Both received the vision of an angel, who announced that Anne would conceive and bear a most wondrous child. Joaquin and Anne serve as role models for parents and both deserve to be honored and emulated for their devotion to God.