Saints Anne & Joachim ~ Saints and Scripture Sunday

Sts. Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. They had been married for twenty years and were despondent over their inability to have children when an angel appeared to Joachim in the desert and Anne in the garden, where each had gone to pray, to tell them they would have a child who would be known throughout the world. They are the patron saints of couples dealing with infertility.

I have a special reason for saying prayers to St. Ann and St. Joachim right now. Today is Mother’s Day, which is a cause for celebration for many, but a painful reminder of childlessness for those trying to conceive or waiting to adopt. My friend Tiffany and her husband Brian are two of those people. This is a pivotal weekend for them, as they wait for their fertilized eggs to be ready to be implanted and hopefully grow into the child they want so much, and have gone through so many trials to conceive. Please join me in praying a novena for Tiffany and Brian as well as all the other couples waiting and longing for a child.

Novena
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.
When we are confused,
help us to find the way to God.
When we are lost in the desert,
lead us to those whom God has called us to love.
When our marriage seems lifeless,
show us the eternal youth of the Lord.
When we are selfish,
teach us to cling only to that which lasts.
When we are afraid,
help us to trust in God.
When we are ashamed,
remind us that we are God’s children.
When we sin,
lead us to do God’s will.
You who know God’s will for husband and wife,
help us to live chastely.
You who know God’s will for the family,
keep all families close to you.
You who suffered without children,
intercede for all infertile couples.
You who trusted in God’s will,
help us to respect God’s gift of fertility.
You who gave birth to the Blessed Mother,
inspire couples to be co-creators with God.
You who taught the Mother of God,
teach us to nurture children in holy instruction.
You whose hearts trusted in God,
hear our prayers for . . . (mention your requests here)
Pray with us for the ministry of Catholic family life.
Pray with us for the ministry of Natural Family Planning.
Pray with us for all who give their time,
talent and treasure to this good work.
Hail Mary. . . Our Father. . . Glory to the Father. . .
God of our fathers,
you gave Saints Anne and Joachim
the privilege of being the parents of Mary,
the mother of your incarnate Son.
May their prayers help us to attain
the salvation you have promised to your people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer from the Roman Missal
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One thought on “Saints Anne & Joachim ~ Saints and Scripture Sunday”

  1. great minds think alike — I LOVE St Anne and Joachim. Anne will be on my girl name list, should I ever need it.

    I went the same route you did today, thinking of those affected by infertility. Very thoughtful of you!

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