ST. ANNE was the spouse of St. Joachim, and was chosen by God to be the mother of Mary, His own blessed Mother on earth. They were both of the royal house of David, and their lives were wholly occupied in prayer and good works. One thing only was wanting to their union.—they were childless, and this was held as a bitter misfortune among the Jews. At length, when Anne was an aged woman, Mary was born, the fruit rather of grace than of nature, and the child more of God than of man. With the birth of Mary the aged Anne began a new life: she watched her every movement with reverent tenderness, and felt herself hourly sanctified by the presence of her immaculate child.
Saint Anne (also Ann or Anna, from Hebrew Hannah חַנָּה, meaning “favor” or “grace”) of David‘s house and line, was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ according to Christian and Islamic tradition. Mary’s mother is not named in the canonical gospels or theQur’an, and her 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.
Coptic, 8th century
Ann is the patron saint of the following places: Detroit, Michigan; Brittany, France; Castelbuono, Sicily, Italy; Quebec and the Mi’kmaqpeoples of Canada; Fasnia; Adjuntas, Puerto Rico; Norwich, Connecticut; Santa Ana Pueblo; Santa Ana, El Salvador; Jucuarán, El Salvador; Seama, New Mexico; Taos, New Mexico; Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain; Marsaskala; Tudela, Navarre; Philippines, where the National Shine of St. Anne is in the poblacion of Hagonoy, Bulacan,Santa Ana, Taguig City; Santana, São Paulo, Brazil; Saint Anne, Illinois; and places in Malaysia and South Vietnam. She is also the patron saint of horseback riders, housewives, grandmothers, cabinet makers, unmarried women, women in laborand miners.
St. Anne’s Church (German: Annakirche) is located in Vienna, Austria, and administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales since 1906. A relic of Saint Anne — her right hand—is kept in a rich Baroque setting and exhibited every year on July 26.
Ceiling fresco depicting St. Anne, by Daniel Gran
Saint Anne is glorious among the Saints, not only as the mother of Mary, but because she gave Mary to God. Learn from her to reverence a religious vocation as the highest privilege, and to sacrifice every natural bond, however holy, at the call of God.
I was not aware, or did not remember all this from my Sunday School, July 26th. was just a nice warm summer day for me. Thanks to internet and Wikipedia for this info.