From the very first centuries, tradition said that the parents of the Virgin Mary were called Joachim (“God grants”) and Anne (“Grace – the graceful one”). Devotion to Saint Anne appeared around the 6th century in the East—in some liturgies—and during the 8th century in the West. By the end of the 14th century, it had spread everywhere. Saint Anne is often represented teaching her daughter to read the Bible. A Russian icon, in a beautiful representation of conjugal love, immortalized the kiss Anne and Joachim gave to each other when they learned about the conception of Mary. This is how they
became participants in the mystery of the Incarnation.
“I entrust to the protection of St Anne and St Joachim all the grandparents of the world and bestow on them a special blessing. May the Virgin Mary who—according to a beautiful iconography—learned to read the Sacred Scriptures at her mother Anne’s knee, help them always to nourish their faith and hope at the sources of the Word of God.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus of July 26, 2009) (mariedenazareth.com)
Good Saint Anne, you were especially favoured by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, and thus grandmother of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
By your intimacy with your most pure daughter and her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the graces that we seek.
Secure for us the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary.