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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.