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Sts. Joachim and Anne

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  • Reading I:  Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:36-43

Today we celebrate the Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, the mother of the Savior. Much of what we presently know about them comes to us from the so-called "Protoevangelium of St. James", a document that might as well be a work that included threads of traditions much much earlier to it. It is dated at 125 AD. The work includes details about the betrothal of Mary and Joseph and an account of the Virgin Birth.

We present here an outline of the content of the protoevangelium relative to Sts. Joachim and Anne and the childhood of Mary. These two saints whose cults derive from the Eastern Church are important to us because they were the ones who saw to it that Mary grow into the woman she was meant to be in the eyes of God. If Mary was able to say her FIAT to the angel at the conception of the Lord, was there following Him until the Cross, and was among the disciples when the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost — all of these point to the quality of person she became with the help of her parents.

For today’s readings, two choices are given:  one can continue with the readings of Ordinary Time, or one can use the Sanctoral.

The Protoevangelium of St. James: Sts. Joachim and Anne and the Childhood of Mary

  • The Grief of Joachim and Anne: Childlessness (I-II)
  • The Lamentation of Anna (Occassioned by the sight of a sparrow’s nest on a laurel tree (III)
  • The Response of an Angel and the Message about Joachim (IV, 1-2)
    • Joachim’s response to the message about Anna’s conception (IV, 3)
    • The joyful meeting of Anna and Joachim (IV, 4)
    • Joachim’s offering (V,1)
    • Annah gives birth to a child she called "Mary" (V,2)
  • Mary’s Childhood
    • The infant grows
      • Until she was 1 year old (V, 1-2)
      • Anna’s Song of Praise and Thanksgiving (V,3)
      • Until she was 3 years old (VII, 1-2)
      • Mary’s entrance into the Temple (VII, 3)
      • Mary until 12 years old (VIII, 1-3)

A Note about the Protoevangelium of St. James

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A Personal Testimony

My memories of celebrating today’s feast as a child are very vivid. My home parish held a novena to St. Anne nine days prior to her feast day and I remember going to church every evening with mom to the devotions. I was always in awe of how my mom and the other women in our small French community were so devoted to St. Anne. When mom asked which of us kids wished to accompany her, I always volunteered — it was a special treat and a privilege to participate in this summer evening novena praying the beautiful devotions in the quiet, candle lit church that smelled of incense and sweet perfume. It was so meditative and mystical –at times I could almost feel her holy presence in the contemplative setting. I also remember feeling a sense of joy and accomplishment when it was over — I felt as if I had helped mom in achieving something special for our family and for the Lord. (Catholic Fire)

Sts. Joachim and Anne on the Web

Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5
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337Moses also taking the tabernacle, pitched it without the camp afar off, and called the name thereof, The tabernacle of the covenant. And all the people that had any question, went forth to the tabernacle of the covenant, without the camp.
8And when Moses went forth to the tabernacle, all the people rose up, and every one stood in the door of his pavilion, and they beheld the back of Moses, till he went into the tabernacle.
9And when he was gone into the tabernacle of the covenant, the pillar of the cloud came down, and stood at the door, and he spoke with Moses.
10And all saw that the pillar of the cloud stood at the door of the tabernacle. And they stood, and worshipped at the doors of their tents.
11And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man is wont to speak to his friend. And when he returned into the camp, his servant Josue the son of Nun, a young man, departed not from the tabernacle.
345And when the Lord was come down in a cloud, Moses stood with him, calling upon the name of the Lord.
Matthew 13:36-43
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36Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying: Expound to us the parable of the cockle of the field.
37Who made answer and said to them: He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of man.
38And the field, is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle, are the children of the wicked one.
39And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels.
40Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire: so shall it be at the end of the world.
41The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity.
42And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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