Saturday, 25 July 2009

Happy Feast Day . . .

Tomorrow is the Feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, parents of Our Lady, and of course our parish feast day.

As it falls on a Sunday this year, we won't be celebrating the feast at Mass.

Very little is actually known about the parents of Our Lady and most of the stories we hear come from legend and tradition. What is important is that the parents of Mary provided such a good model for her and as such can be a very good model for all parents. If you'd like to read a little more about St Joachim and St Anne, please follow the link here.

We can still celebrate the feast day in our own way and what better way than to ask St Ann to intercede for us.

Good St. Anne,
you were especially favoured by God
to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary,
the Mother of our Saviour.
By your power with your most pure daughter
and with her divine Son,
kindly obtain for us the grace and the favour we now seek.
Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins,
the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties
and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary.

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