Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Joachim & St. Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin MaryJuly 26th, 2016
Feast of St. Joachim & St. Anne to-day is liturgical grandparents’ day. We honour Anne and Joachim, parents of Mary. We know of this couple from Scripture but legends abound, Anne which means grace like Samuel’s mother, Hannah, longed for a child. Her wish was granted. Faithful people that they were, Joachim and Anne must have planted the good seed of faith into their daughter’s heart and nurtured it enough for Mary to be open to God’s messenger, Gabriel. To those who have Grandparents thank God for them, let the seed of faith planted in you grow into a flower that shines into the light of Jesus Christ.
Almighty god you prepared Mary to be the mother of your Son through the faith and care of her parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne. May we show our gratitude to those who prepared us to follow Jesus by nurturing the faith they have handed on. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen