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Saint Joachim and St Anne Saint Joachim and St Anne


St. Anne is the spouse of St. Joachim, they are the parents of Mary, and the grandparents of Jesus.


From the Protoevangelium of James:

From the Mystical City of God:

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary



From the Protoevangelium of James:

In Nazareth there lived a rich and pious couple, Joachim and Hannah.
They were childless. When on a feast day Joachim presented himself
to offer sacrifice in the temple, he was repulsed by a certain Ruben,
under the pretext that men without offspring were unworthy to be

admitted. Whereupon Joachim, bowed down with grief, did not return

home, but went into the mountains to make his plaint to God in

solitude. Also Hannah, having learned the reason of the prolonged

absence of her husband, cried to the Lord to take away from her

the curse of sterility, promising to dedicate her child to the

service of God. Their prayers were heard; an angel came to Hannah

and said: "Hannah, the Lord has looked upon thy tears; thou shalt

conceive and give birth and the fruit of thy womb shall be blessed

by all the world". The angel made the same promise to Joachim, who

returned to his wife. Hannah gave birth to a daughter whom she

called Miriam (Mary).


From the Mystical City of God

In revelations to the Venerable Sister Maria of Agreda, Our Lady made this known about her parents Anne and Joachim:

They were chaste and just people, they were very religious and studied the Holy Scriptures, they both prayed fervently for the coming of the Messiah.

They got married and lived in Nazareth where they practiced all virtue in their works, making themselves very acceptable and pleasing to the Most High and avoiding all blemish in their doings.

The rents and incomes of their state they divided each year into three parts. The first one they offered to the temple of Jerusalem for the worship of the Lord; the second they distributed to the poor, and the third they retained for the decent sustenance of themselves and family. God augmented their temporal goods on account of their generosity and charity.

They were childless for twenty years and they accepted the Will of God, continuing their prayers for the coming of the Messiah, meanwhile the Lord prepared them for the great job that was ahead, that of being the parents of Her who would be the Mother of the Redeemer.

They promised that if they had a child, they would consecrate it to the service of the temple of Jerusalem.

St. Gabriel the Archangel revealed separately to each one of the them that they would have a daughter whose name would be Mary. He didn't mention anything about her becoming later on the Mother of the Redeemer. He said that the Lord had heard their prayers and took into account their generosity and alms.


Birth of Our Lady:

327. She was born pure and stainless, beautiful and full of grace, thereby demonstrating , that She was free from the law and the tribute of sin.

although She was born substantially like other daughters of Adam, yet her birth was accompanied by such circumstances and conditions of Grace, that it was the most wonderful and miraculous birth in all creation and will eternally redound to the praise of Her Maker. At twelve o'clock in the night this divine luminary issued forth, dividing the night of the ancient law and its pristine darkness from the new day of Grace, which now was about to break into dawn.

She was clothed, handled and dressed like other infants, though Her soul dwelt in the divinity ; and She was treated as an infant, though She excelled all mortals and even all the angels in Wisdom. Her mother did not allow Her to be touched by other hands than her own, but She herself wrapped her in swaddling clothes : and in this Saint Anne was not hindered by her presence state of childbirth; for she was free from the toils and labors which other mothers usually endure in such circumstances. 


At the age of three the little child was taken to the temple and the parents suffered great sorrow but at the same time joy for fulfilling the vows they had made to the Lord.

The Queen of Heaven, was received by holy priest Simeon.

The child Mary, when brought to her teacher, knelt in profound humility before her and asked her blessing. She begged to be admitted among those under her direction, obedience and counsel, and asked her kind forbearance in the labor and trouble, which She would occasion. The prophetess Anne, her teacher, received Her with pleasure and said to Her: My daughter, Thou shall find in me a helpful mother and I will take care of Thee and of Thy education with all possible solicitude.


Saint Joachim accepted St. Anne as his spouse at the age of forty six, twenty years later Mary was borne and He died three and a half years later at the age of sixty nine and a half.

St. Anne spoused St. Joachim at the age of twenty four and she died when she was forty eight.

Both St. Joachim and St. Anne were informed of the dignity of Mary just before they died. 


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Saint Joachim and St Anne