Saint Anne & Saint Joaquim
Grandparents of Jesus
Taped at Saint Anne de Beaupre in Quebec
Benedict XVI "Take
courage! Fix your gaze on our saints."
St. Joachim was a rich man of advanced years who divided his blessings in
three ways: the best was given to the temple; the next best was given to the
poor and the least he kept for himself and his wife Saint Anne. However, upon
offering his gift to the temple one year, he was chastised and told he
should not be allowed to offer to the temple, because he had not had any
children. He was told to look in Scripture to see if any of the leaders of
Israel who had given to the temple had not had children. He did so, and
could not find any who did not have children.
In anguish, he went out into the desert, fasted and prayed for forty days
and forty nights, pleading with the Lord for a child. He mentioned Abraham
who had given birth to Isaac at an extremely advanced age.
At the same time, his wife, Saint Anne, was also lamenting. Actually she had two
lamentations. One was her impending widowhood, as her husband had gone and
she did not know if he would ever return. The other was her being barren,
not being able to bear children.
She prayed to the Lord. However, it appears she was able to strike a bargain
with God, which may be the reason everyone flocks to her for her
intervention. She has the ear of the Lord. She was praying beneath a laurel
bush when an Angel appeared to her. He told her that would conceive and bear
a child. The Angel’s words were: “Saint Anne, the Lord has heard your prayer, and
you shall conceive and bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all
For her part, Anne committed her child to the Lord. She responded to the
Angel, “As the Lord my God lives, if I bear either male or female, I will
bring it as a gift to the Lord my God; and it shall minister to Him in holy
things all the days of its life.” At the same time, the Angel appeared to
Joachim out in the desert and told him that Anne had conceived, and that he
should get back to Nazareth immediately to be with her.
He ran back to Nazareth, bringing with him ten spotless lambs to offer to
God and twelve tender calves for the priests. He met his wife at the gates
of the city. She threw her arms around his neck and praised the Lord for He
had spared her from being a widow, and childless. Anne conceived and bore a
beautiful girl child, whom she named Mary.
In keeping with the commitment she had made to the Lord, Joachim and Anne
consecrated the child to the temple when she was three years old. That child
was to become Mary, the Mother of God. St. Anne and St. Joachim were to
become the grandparents of the Messiah.
Although there is not much more told, nevertheless they were the instruments
God used to bring the spotless vessel who would be the mother of God, who
would bring peace, hope and joy to the world.
Tradition hints that St. Anne took part in the Betrothal of Joseph and Mary.
It was in the house of St. Anne, the house which today is the Holy House of
Loreto that Mary received the announcement from the Angel Gabriel, that she
would be the Mother of God.
Anne and Joaquim DVD and other items
Grandparents are the
story tellers! As Grandma Anne related to her grandchild Jesus the stories
of their people, the Jews, did her heart tremble as she realized that this
shoot of Jesse's tree would someday die for the salvation of the
world? Jesus loved His Mother; it only stands to reason that Jesus,
perfect Son, was also perfect Grandson and being Love itself loved His
Grandmother. As Love never dies, that Love did not die, and you can see it
in the faith of these hundreds of thousands of
pilgrims who come to seek the intercession of Saint Anne, Grandma, knowing He
listens and cares. A little background on
Joachim and Anne. We know that he was privileged to offer sacrifice in the
Temple, and that he was a generous giver to the Temple and to the poor. We
also know that Joachim and Anne are related to Elizabeth and Zechariah,
parents of Saint John the Baptist.
Come to Saint Anne de Beaupré in Quebec.
Study the lives of Sts. Anne & Joaquim,
childhood of Our Lady.
Learn the tradition of Saint Anne and her importance to the
people of Canada.
See her majestic
original Church, the Holy Steps
and the Museum in honor of Saint Anne.
the history of devotion to Saint Anne in Canada.
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