St. Ann, Our Parish Patron Saint

Saint Ann, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast Day July 26

 

Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the traditional name of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Prayer to St. Ann

We pray...

Good St. Ann, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most Holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior.  By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek.  Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Of St. Ann we have no certain knowledge. She is not mentioned in the New Testament, and we must depend on apocryphal literature, chiefly the Protoevangelium of James, which dates back only to the second century.

In this document we are told that Ann, wife of Joachim, was advanced in years and that her prayers for a child had not been answered. Once as she prayed beneath a laurel tree near her home in Galilee, an angel appeared and said to her, "Ann, the Lord hath heard thy prayer and thou shalt conceive and bring forth, and thy seed shall be spoken of in all the world." Ann replied, "As the Lord my God liveth, if I beget either male or female, I will bring it as a gift to the Lord my God; and it shall minister to Him in holy things all the days of its life " And thus Ann became the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The devotion of St. Ann was known in the East in the fifth century, but it was not diffused in the West until the thirteenth. A shrine at Douai, in northern France, was one of the early centers of the devotion. In 1382 her feast was extended to the whole Western Church, and she became very popular, especially in France. Her two most famous shrines are at St. Anne d'Auray in Brittany and at St. Anne-de Beaupre in the province of Quebec.

She is patroness of housewives, women in labor, cabinet-makers, and miners. Her emblem is a door. St. Ann has been frequently represented in art, and the lovely face depicted by Leonardo da Vinci comes first to mind in this connection. The name Ann derives from the Hebrew Hannah, meaning "grace." Source: From Catholicism/Saints/St Ann, /https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/saints/anne-469.

The Feast of Saint Ann is celebrated on July 26. She is also known as the patron saint of mothers, women on labor and minors.

 

 

 

 

We Celebrate:

 

Feast of St. Ann

Our Parish Patron

Click here to view photographs of our parish celebration on the Feast of St. Ann, our Parish Patron.

A Novena to St. Ann

A Novena to St. Ann is offered for our prayer and reflection from the Blessed Sacrament Fathers at St. Ann’s Shrine, in Cleveland, Ohio available to us on EWTN, click here. 

Prayer to St. Michael

After each Mass celebrated, we pray together the Prayer to St. Michael, click here.

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