Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Virgin Mary and Protectors of our Order

July 26: Celebrated as a Memorial with proper texts.

An old tradition going back to the second century gives these names to the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The veneration of St Anne dates from the sixth century in the East and spread throughout the West in the tenth century; that of St Joachim is more recent. Along with St Joseph they are protectors of our Order.


Prayer
Lord, God of our fathers,
you bestowed on St Joachim and St Anne
this singular grace that their daughter, Mary,
should become the Mother of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Grant, at their intercession,
the salvation you promised to your people.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.


Scripture Readings
Ecclesiasticus 44:1, 10-15; Gospel - Matthew 13:16-17.


Texts taken from the Divine Office,” Collins: London, 1974.