— Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Anne and her husband, St. Joachim, were both of the royal house of David. Their prayer for a child to brighten their home remained unanswered until they were quite advanced in years. Then Mary was born, But St. Anne had vowed her daughter to God. This vow she fulfilled when she offered the Blessed Virgin in the Temple.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival in honor of Blessed Anne, on whose solemnity the angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God. — Introit
The Imitation of Christ
Be Thou therefore blessed, Lord, Who hath showed His goodness to Thy servant, according to the multitude of Thy mercies.
God made St. Anne wait a long time before He answered her prayer for a child. But how wonderful was the answer when it came. Every good prayer we say is answered. It may not be in our way, but God’s way is infinitely better.
One of our occupations in heaven may be to thank God for the prayers He did not answer our way. Grandmothers are proverbially known to be friends of children. Things that mothers will deny their children are given them secretly by their grandmothers. Did you ever pray to St. Anne?
St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, pray for us.