The Feast of St. Anne
July 26th

Meeting of St. Anne and Jochiam at the Golden Gate

St. Anne's Feast
Feast Days of Patron Saints are associated with days of the year and referred to as the Patron Saint's Feast Day. The feast days began during Christian custom of commemorating martyrs on the dates of their deaths and at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven. Feast days are often marked by those who consider a certain saint as patron. In the case of a national patron, the feast day may be a public holiday.

Saints Ann and Joachim have been honored by feast days since the Middle Ages. Numerous churches, chapels, and confraternities have been dedicated to St. Ann. Joachim and Ann were models of Christian marriage, and their meeting at the Golden Gate in Jerusalem has been a favorite subject of Christian artists.

Saint Ann is often shown in paintings with Jesus and Mary as St. Ann is the grandmother of Jesus. Two great shrines - that of Ste. Anne d'Auray in Brittany, France, and that of Ste. Anne de Beaupre near Quebec in Canada - are dedicated to her. The church of St. Ann in Jerusalem is believed to be built on the site of the home of Saints Joachim and Ann. There are even foods related to St. Ann and Joachim. Shellfish and lobster are served in France for their Saint Anne's Day, July 26th.

Patron Anne intervenes against poverty and for cabinetmakers; carpenters; childless couples; equestrians; grandmothers; grandparents; homemakers; housewives; miners; mothers; pregnancy; pregnant women; women in labor and is patron of Brittany; Canada; France; Quebec; archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan; diocese of Norwich, Connecticut; Santa Ana Indian Pueblo; Taos, New Mexico.

Joachim intervenes for fathers, grandfathers, grandparents.

Saint Anne's symbols are her careful instruction of Mary; crown; nest of young birds; door; Golden Gate of Jerusalem; infant Virgin in crib. Her shield has a silver border masoned in black, with silver lily on a blue field referring to the girlhood of the Virgin. She is often pictured as the Woman holding Mary or Jesus in her arms or lap; Woman at her betrothal to Joachim; Mother teaching Mary to read the Bible; Woman greeting Saint Joachim at Golden Gate; Woman with a book in her hand.

Joachim symbols are a Basket containing doves; model of Golden Gate of Jerusalem. He is pictured as a man bringing a lamb to the altar; greeting and/or kissing Saint Ann at the GoldenGate; elderly man carrying a basket of doves and an elderly man with the child Mary.

The most celebrated sight of St. Anne feast day is the annual ten day Saint Ann's Solemn Novena made at Saint Ann's Monastery Church at the Shrine of St. Ann de Beaupre in Quebec, Canada. The ten day novena ends on July 26th, the feast of St Ann.

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