Tuesday, July 26, 2016 is the feast day of St. Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus and the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Scripture does not mention Sts. Joachim and Anne, but from very early times in Christianity they have been included in written accounts of Mary and other events related to the life of Jesus. For a short and readable treatment of these early sources on Joachim and Anne this book is helpful, The Life and Cult of Saint Anne by Gerard Desrochers, CssR. https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0013Q9AM4
The pictures in this post were taken on a recent vacation to Isle LaMotte, Vermont. The Shrine of St. Anne is one of the oldest sites in Vermont. The Edmundite Fathers staff the shrine and provided inspiration, guidance and the sacraments to those who seek to honor St. Anne and ask for her intercession. Isle LaMotte is a very picturesque and quiet spot to visit, and it makes a true site for relaxation and refreshment from the busy demands of life. Here is a link to the shrine complete with its history and information if you wish to make a pilgrimage or retreat or just want to stop in for a brief visit during your stay in this northern New England state. http://www.saintannesshrine.org/ Below are more pictures from the Shrine of St. Anne at Isle LaMotte and a prayer to St. Joachim and St. Anne for your intentions.
Prayer to St. Anne and St. Joachim
Dear St. Anne and St. Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of Jesus, our Divine Savior, have pity on your loving and trusting client, and listen to the petition which I present to you.
Oh, blessed Saints, you are both dear to the Heart of Jesus, whose beloved Mother was your own tender, devoted child! Can He refuse anything to you, in whose veins the same blood flowed. Which afterwards furnished the precious price of our redemption? Great saints, nothing was impossible to your power and influence over the young Jesus, “Who grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom “under the maternal care of your glorious daughter, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. In mercy and compassion, be like Him “Who went about doing good,” and come to the aid of your servant in my great necessity!
St. Anne, St. Joachim, beloved parents of Mary, “our life, our sweetness and our hope,” pray to her for me and obtain my request. Amen
|French Explorer of the Green Mountain State|
|Our Lord on the Cross overlooking Lake Champlain at St. Anne Shrine|
|Sunset on Lake Champlain|