Pope Francis instituted this Day dedicated to the grandparents and the elderly in the world.
As a Parish we are organising a prayer meeting on
MONDAY 26 JULY 2021 at 19:00PM.
We will pray for the grandparents and elderly of our Parish and Families, giving thanks for their lives,
wisdom, resilience and faith.
We will pray for the sick and the lonely.
We will pray for those who passed away and are in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You can join us through the Zoom link below: Log on from 18:45PM to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID (if required): 810 2438 4257
Passcode (if required): 475129
You can also log on through Facebook on the following link:
About St. Anne
Tradition holds that St. Anne, or Ann, is the mother of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. There is no mention of Anne in the bible. Non-biblical books from the early Christian centuries acknowledge Mary’s parents as Joachim and Anne. These sources claim that Joachim and Anne were childless for many years of their marriage. The angel Gabriel appeared to them separately and declared that they would in fact bear a child who must be dedicated to God. Hence, Anne became the mother of our Blessed Virgin Mary.
Made universal by Pope Gregory XIII, the church celebrates her feast day along with Joachim, on July 26th. St. Anne, Hebrew for Hannah, meaning “grace”, eventually became the patron saint of married women and childless couples. Artistic representations show St. Anne with her child Mary on her lap holding Christ Jesus.
As the woman chosen by God to be the Mother of His Son, the Virgin Mary is known around the world as a good, holy, and exceptional woman. Certainly she must have had extraordinary parents whose example of faith and trust in the Lord impacted her in a way that would change the course of history forever! These parents, named Joachim and Anne, have been honoured throughout the ages for their dedication to raising their daughter, Mary, to be a woman fully devoted to God.
There is very little known about the parents of the Virgin Mary. St. Anne and St. Joachim are not mentioned in the canonical gospels; however, their story has been told in a document known as the “Gospel of James.” This document is not to be read for its’ historical or factual accuracy, nor is it the inspired Word of God (which is why it is not included in the bible). Yet, the legend included in this document that tells of St. Anne and St. Joachim is the first mention of Mary’s parents and has been a catalyst for Christians to honour and celebrate Mary’s parents. Whether the names and dates in the “Gospel of James” about St. Anne and St. Joachim are correct or not is unimportant, for instead, we should look to the truth that we do know: that the Virgin Mary was born of a man and woman who raised her in a way that brought glory to God.
St. Anne is often depicted as a seated woman with a book upon her lap and the child Mary leaning against her, eager to learn. This image tells us what we know of St. Anne, as well as the reason St. Anne is honoured to this day. St. Anne had a unique position in which God entrusted to her the task of bringing up Our Lady in a holy and virtuous way. While teaching Mary to cook, take care of her home, and look after her family and neighbours, St. Anne modelled for the Virgin Mary a life of prayer, love, and humility. In doing so, St. Anne prepared Our Lady to receive Our Lord not only into her heart, but into her very body, becoming the Mother of God.
On December 8, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This teaching has been a belief held by Catholics for ages; however, it became official dogma in 1854 by Pope Pius XI. On this day, Catholics recognize that the Virgin Mary was conceived in the womb of St. Anne free from original sin. This prepared her as a pure and holy vessel to become the Mother of God.
Information about St. Anne’s death has been lost to history. She has been honoured as a saint from the days of early Christianity, and her relics have been the cause for pilgrimage in several countries. They were brought to Constantinople in 710 and remained there until 1330, when they were relocated to several places, including Apt, Ghent, Provence, and Chartres. In 1506, Pope Julius II declared that St. Anne’s relics would stay in Duren, Germany. Also, there are small relics that are located at various churches and monasteries throughout the world that have placed themselves under her patronage.
Patronage of St. Anne
St. Anne is the patron saint of unmarried women, housewives, women in labor, grandmothers, childless people, equestrians, lacemakers, miners, the poor, and seamstresses. The most well-known patronage of St. Anne is that of grandmothers. Certainly as the mother of the Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus Christ, St. Anne was a woman of great virtue and love.
St. Anne in Art
St. Anne is often shown seated with a book on her lap. The child Mary stands against her, eager to listen. This depiction of St. Anne is a small explanation of what we know of this holy woman. God entrusted to St. Anne the task of raising Our Lady in a holy and virtuous home, and from a very young age Mary looked to St. Anne to learn about God and how He works in the lives of those who love and serve Him.
Prayers of St. Anne
Prayer to St. Anne for a Wayward Child
O holy mother, Saint Anne, so rich in graces, you will never leave unheard the pleadings and tears of a mother who invokes you for a wayward child. Lo! You know my grief and the anguish of my heart. Look down with your maternal eyes upon this poor erring child, and bring it back upon the way of salvation that it may again serve God faithfully and obtain eternal happiness. I ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Hail Mary, three times.
Prayer to St. Anne for a Special Favor
Glorious Saint Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you, and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet, and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection.
Vouchsafe to commend it to your Daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.
Good Saint Anne, Mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us, and obtain our request. (Three times).
Prayer of Grandmothers to St. Anne, Mother of Mary
St. Anne, show me the best way to serve my children as they raise their growing family. Help me always to give them words of encouragement, support, and respect. Show me how to be a good grandmother to their children. With great love, I pray for each of my grandchildren and ask you to intercede on behalf of their needs, intentions, and aspirations. Pray that we may enjoy a long life together and after our death be united again for all eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.
Source – catholicsaintmedals.com