Sts. Joachim and Anne – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

Feast 26th July

Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled “Joachim,” pronounced “wal-keem”) and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned, apocryphal writing form the second century AD. We do know from scholarship that the Gospel of James was not written by James, the Brother of Jesus, despite its claim to be so authored.

Even the early Church fathers expressed skepticism about the Gospel of James in their writings. There are about 150 copies of the ancient manuscript which often have different titles, but tell the same story, that Mary was promised to Joaquin and Anne by an angel, was consecrated to God, and she remained a virgin all her life.

Naturally, there is plenty of room for scholarly debate about these saints. We have no true primary sources that prove they even existed, but certainly we can agree that Mary had parents. Likewise, we can agree that.

Mary had good, faithful parents who raised her with a love and devotion to God like none other except Jesus Christ Himself.

Joaquin and Anne serve as role models for parents and both deserve to be honored and emulated for their devotion to God and Our Lady Mary, the Mother of God.

Source: Sts. Joachim and Anne – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

To Wikipedia

More about Sts. Joachim and Anne from Wikipedia

Saint Anne with the Virgin

Saint Anne with the Virgin Author Angelos Akotanos 15th C

 

For the figure of Luke 2, see Anna the Prophetess. For other uses, see Saint Anne (disambiguation).

Saint Anne (also known as Ann or Anna) of David’s house and line, was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ, according to apocryphal Christian and Islamic tradition. Mary’s mother is not named in the canonical gospels, nor in the Qur’an. Anne’s name and that of her husband Joachim come only from New Testament apocrypha, of which the Protoevangelium of James (written perhaps around 150) seems to be the earliest that mentions them.

Church Tradition

 

 


  • Image; Description English: Saint Anne with the Virgin
    Date 15th century
    Source scan from A Guide to the Benaki Museum, by Angelos Delivorrias
    Author Angelos Akotanos (attribution)
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