PRAYER TO SAINT ANNE & SAINT JOACHIM

feast day July 26
Grandparents' Prayer
Good Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, 
parents of Mary and grandparents to Jesus, 
be with me and all grandparents 
that we may be wise and loving, 
may share our time and stories and sense of humor, 
and may enjoy and not spoil too much the grandchildren 
who are close to our hearts, 
for they are the sign of God's life to us.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 
be with our grandchildren and all other grandchildren 
that they may love and respect their grandparents 
and all older people, 
may remember to call, 
visit or write, 
and grow in wisdom, 
age and grace before God.

Amen.
Saints Anne and Joachim, (flourished 1st century bc, Palestine; Western feast day July 26, Eastern feast day July 25) the parents of the Virgin Mary, according to tradition derived from certain apocryphal writings.
Information concerning their lives and names is found in the 2nd-century-ad Protevangelium of James (“First Gospel of James”) and the 3rd-century-ad Evangelium de nativitate Mariae (“Gospel of the Nativity of Mary”). According to these sources, 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.
photo:Saint Anne, Saint Joachim and the child Mary
Scene Jesus mother the Virgin Mary and His maternal grandparents
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