Observance: We Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joachim & Saint Anne, the Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Observance: We Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joachim & Saint Anne, the Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Catholics today honor two great saints in the history of Christianity - the couple Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Nowhere in the Sacred Scriptures can we find their names mentioned. In Matthew's Gospel, the evangelist provides a genealogy of Jesus Christ, tracing His ancestry to show that Jesus is the fulfillment of God's plan of salvation. In Luke's Gospel, Luke presents Jesus as coming from humble origins and is one like us. In both Gospels where the infancy narratives are clearly told, the names of the ancestors of Mary, the mother of Jesus, were not mentioned. They were mentioned only in one of the apocryphal writings. In the story of Mary's presentation at the temple, the priest prayed to God in these words: "O God of our fathers, bless this child, and give her everlasting name to be named in all generations." Mary's parents, along with the temple priests, then decided that she would be offered to God as a consecrated Virgin for the rest of her life, and enter a chaste marriage with the carpenter Joseph.

Their absence in the New Testament writings, however, does not mean that they are insignificant or they did not have an important role in God's salvific work. …

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