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St. Anne (Ann)
Mother of Our Lady

Feast day: July 26

By tradition Anne is considered to be the name of the mother of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of her life, including her name. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend and tradition.

We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, though in no way should this document be trusted to be factual, historical, or the Word of God. The legend told in this document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God (much the way that Samuel was dedicated by his mother Hannah- Anne - in 1 Kings).

For those who wonder what we can learn from people we know nothing about and how we can honor them, we must focus on why they are honored by the church. Whatever her name or the facts of her life, the truth is that it was the mother of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was her teaching that led her to respond to God's request with faith, "Let it be done to me as you will." It was her example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was her faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.

Ann can be an example and model for all mothers. Anne (or Ann) is the patron saint of Christian mothers and of women in labor.

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