When we pray a novena to St. Ann we are enlisting the aid of one of our most beloved saints.”
This month on July 26th the Church celebrates the feast of St. Ann and St. Joachim. It was in the home of Joachim and Ann where our Blessed Virgin Mary received her training to be the Mother of God. Thus, our devotion to Ann and Joachim began as an extension of the affection Christians have always professed toward our Blessed Mother.
St. Ann has long been honored by the faithful, including by saints such as St. Augustine, St. John Damascene, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Italian cardinal Caesare Baronius, a renowned Church historian once wrote, that the “veneration of St. Ann is as ancient as the Church itself.” Although she is not mentioned in the Bible, St. Ann appears in the Protoevangelium of James, a second century account of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s conception, birth and early life. St. Alphonsus Liguori tells us that St. Ann, along with her husband St. Joachim, vowed to consecrate Mary to God’s service in the Temple. Our Blessed Mother, conceived in St. Ann’s womb without the stain of Original Sin, readily assented at the tender age of three!
This Holy Day is celebrated every year on December 8th as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. St. Teresa of Avila once said of St. Ann; “We know and are convinced, that our good mother, St. Ann helps in all needs, dangers, and tribulations, for our Lord wishes to show us that He will do in Heaven what she asks of Him for us.” Mary herself once said that those who honor her mother “will obtain great aid in every need, especially at the hour of death.”
When we pray a novena to St. Ann we are enlisting the aid of one of our most beloved saints. Many churches and chapels have been dedicated to her, and numerous miracles have been ascribed to her over the centuries. She is the patron saint, of among others, mothers, pregnant women and childless couples as well. Let us as a parish, who have been so fruitfully blessed prayerfully honor this holy and efficacious couple by praying this novena in the days before the feast:
Glorious St. Ann, we think of you as filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer. Heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I commend to you under your special protection (name it).
Deign to commend it to your daughter, our Blessed Lady and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy conclusion. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face. With you and Mary and all the saints, may I praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen. Good St Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray for me. Amen.
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