Prayer to Saint Anne and Saint Joachim


Dear Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus, our Divine Saviour, have pity on thy loving and trusting client, and listen to the petition which I present before thee.

Oh, blessed Saints, thou art both most dear to the Heart of Jesus, Whose beloved Mother was thy own tender, devoted child! Can He refuse anything to thee, in whose veins the same blood flowed which afterwards furnished the precious price of our Redemption? Great Saints, nothing was impossible to thy power and influence over the young Jesus “Who grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom” under the maternal care of thy glorious Daughter, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. In mercy and compassion, be like unto Him “Who went about doing good,” and come to the aid of thy servant in my great necessity!

Saint Anne, Saint Joachim, beloved parents of Mary, “our life, our sweetness and our hope,” pray to her for me and obtain my request. Amen.

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3 Responses to Prayer to Saint Anne and Saint Joachim

  1. Are Anne and Joachim mentionned in the Bible ? Did Jesus command us to pray to saints, or to our Father in heaven. ?

  2. bwr47 says:

    Why does it matter whether or not Anne and Joachim are mentioned in the bible? We know that Jesus was the son of Mary, and that Mary had parents. Tradition teaches us what we know about them, and common sense makes it clear to us that they were good and faithful parents who raised Mary in such a way that she would be chosen, of all of humanity, to be the mother of our God.

    Catholic teaching is never based on the bible alone, but also on the Tradition passed down through the centuries. Indeed, The Church teaches that “Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence” (CCC 82).

    The attention paid to Tradition does, nevertheless, have biblical authority. The closing words of St John’s gospel makes it clear that “there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written”. And the closing words of St Matthew’s gospel include the instruction from Jesus to go out and teach the people to observe “ALL that I have commanded you” (emphasis added). In Mark’s gospel, too, Jesus instructs His apostles to “preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). The “gospel” here very obviously means the whole of the “good news” rather than the written gospels, which were not yet in existence. And the use of the word “preach” is clearly an instruction to spread the news by word of mouth – as Jesus Himself did – rather than through any written means.

  3. mmvc says:

    Sallyball, here’s a little video about Ss Joachim and Anne you may enjoy:

    And these extracts from the CCC should shed some light on your question about saints:

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:

    955 So it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods.

    956 The intercession of the saints. “Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness…. They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus…. So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.”

    The Catechism then quotes two saints:

    “Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.” [St Dominic, dying, to his brothers]

    “I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.” [St Therese of Lisieux]

    957 Communion with the saints. “It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven; we seek, rather, that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened. Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself.”

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