Saint Ann was called by God to be the mother of the Virgin Mother of Jesus the Lord, and hence nature did not dare to anticipate the flowering of grace. Thus, nature remained sterile, until grace produced its fruit. For she who was to be born had to be a first-born daughter, since she would be the mother of the first-born of all creation, Jesus Christ, in whom all things are made new and held together.
St. Ann, mother of the Mother of the Lord, pray for all Christian mothers and expectant mothers.
Beloved Father, through the life, death and resurrection of your only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, we have become your adopted sons and daughters. Through Baptism we are now members of His Body, the Church. Our Savior Jesus taught us that “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
We thank you that promise includes each one of us.
As members of the family of Jesus we turn to you in prayer. In Jesus, we are joined in a communion of love which is stronger than death, along with the saints, the holy ones.
They are the great cloud of witnesses the bible speaks of. They have gone before us marked with the sign of redemption and lived their lives by faith. (Hebrews 12:1) They inspire us by their holy lives. They also pray for us from their place in your communion of love.
Included in this communion of love are the parents of Mary, the Mother of the Lord Jesus, Joachim and Ann. They are a sign and symbol of the beauty of married love. They are also the maternal grandparents of Jesus.
Good parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, grandparents of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
When life seems barren, help us to trust in God’s mercy and be fruitful.
When we are confused, help us to find the way back to God.
When we are lost in the desert, lead us to those whom God has called us to love.
Saint Joachim and Saint Ann, Pray for Us
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