St Anne was the Blessed Virgin Mary’s mother. According to early church tradition, St Anne lived with her husband, St Joachim, in Galilee before moving to Jerusalem. After St Joachim fasted and prayed for forty days in the desert, Angels appeared to them promising a child. The child was the Blessed Virgin Mary. St Anne’s Feast Day is 26th July.
O Holy Mother and Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
as parents, you guided and nurtured Mary and,
under your protection and love, watched her grow in holiness.
Through your faithfulness and goodness
the Will of God was fulfilled;
the fruits of your virtue and faith
brought salvation to the whole world
with the birth of the baby Jesus.
“The Word was made flesh
and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14).
Most Holy St’s Anne and Joachim,
come close to us and guide our hand and our hearts
in the way of virtue.
Help us to parent our children and grandchildren
with a gentle heart as you did.
Show us how to raise our children in faith
and bring our families into the Light of Jesus.
Remain close to us
and help us on our journey to salvation.
St’s Anne and Joachim, we place our petitions in your hands
and ask that you lay them before the child Jesus.
Seek this, my favour [State your request…] but only if it be for the greater glory of God and the good of my soul.
Pray: Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory be to the Father….
… St Anne and St Joachim: Pray for Us …