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The Magnificent Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Mother

Joachim (whose name means Yahweh prepares), was the father of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the traditional name of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Tradition grounded on very old testimonies, very early hailed Saints Joachim and Anne as the father and mother of the Mother of God.

O Lord, God of our Fathers,
who bestowed on Saints Joachim and Anne this grace,
that of them should be born the Mother of your incarnate Son,
grant, through the prayers of both,
that we may attain the salvation
you have promised to your people.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

PRAYERS, NOVENA & LITANY TO ST ANNE

PRAYER TO ST ANNE TO OBTAIN SOME SPECIAL FAVOUR

Glorious St Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee, and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet, and humbly beg of thee to take the present affair which I recommend to thee under thy special protection. Vouchsafe to commend it to thy Daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with thee and Mary and all the saints praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.

Good St Anne, Mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us, and obtain our request. (Say three times.)

MEMORARE TO ST ANNE

Remember, O holy mother, St Anne, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided, for thou art a most merciful mother, and dost aid all who are in distress. Inspired by this confidence I take refuge in thee, and beseech thee by thy great prerogative of being the mother of the Queen of Heaven and grandparent of the Saviour of the world, to come to my aid with thy powerful intercession, and obtain from thy Immaculate Daughter this favour (mention it). In honour of the nine months during which thou didst bear the Ever Blessed Virgin in thy womb, and didst bring her forth without stain of original sin, I now offer up these nine Hail Marys, which I offer thee through my Angel Guardian. Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE WAYWARD CHILD

O holy mother, St Anne, so rich in graces thou wilt never leave unheard the pleadings and tears of a mother who invokes thee for a wayward child. Lo! thou knowest my grief and the anguish of my heart. Look down with thy maternal eyes upon this poor erring child, and bring it back upon the way of salvation that it may again serve God faithfully and obtain eternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen. Say three Hail Marys.

THE FIVE PREROGATIVES OF ST ANNE

1. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, for thou didst conceive a daughter who is the Mother of the Saviour of the world! (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.)

2. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, mother of the Queen of Heaven, for from thee proceeded the bright shining Star of the Sea! (Glory be …)

3. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, who ever a Virgin is at the same time the Mother of the Redeemer. (Glory be …)

4. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, who alone didst merit the grace of being the mother of Mary, and grandparent of Jesus Christ. (Glory be …)

5. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, exult and be glad unceasingly, that thou hast been so privileged by God! Plead for me with Mary, thy most pure daughter, the august Queen of Heaven. (Glory be …)

V. Pray for us, St Anne.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray. O God Who didst will that St Anne by being the mother of Mary, the Ever Blessed Virgin, should co-operate in the work of the Redemption of Thine Only-Begotten Son, grant we beseech Thee, that while on earth, we may so venerate the Mother of Thy Son, and her Mother, St Anne, that at the hour of death we may rejoice in their assistance and praise and bless Thee forever in Heaven. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

NOVENA TO ST ANNE

O most holy and august St Anne, Heaven admires you, earth blesses you, God the Father loves you as the mother of His cherished daughter, the Incarnate Word as the parent of His well-beloved mother, the Holy Ghost as the mother of His perfect Spouse. The angels and the elect honour you as the tree producing a flower, the heavenly perfume and beauty of which charms them, and whose divine fruit is their life and felicity. Penitent sinners look on you as their most powerful advocate with God, the just through your intercession hope for an increase of grace, penitents the expiation of their sins, and sinners the remission of their iniquities. Be propitious to us, O most merciful St Anne, unite with Mary, your dear and admirable child, and by her intercession and yours we shall confidently expect mercy from Jesus, to whom you were so intimately allied, also the intentions of this novena, and every grace during life, and above all at the hour of death. Amen.

THE LITANY OF ST ANNE

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

St Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary, pray for us.

St Anne, Spouse of St Joachim, pray for us.

St Anne, Ark of Noah, pray for us.

St Anne, root of Jesse, pray for us.

St Anne, fruitful vine, pray for us.

St Anne, joy of the angels, pray for us.

St Anne, hope of the patriarchs, pray for us.

St Anne, vessel full of grace, pray for us.

St Anne, mirror of obedience, pray for us.

St Anne, mirror of patience, pray for us.

St Anne, mirror of devotion, pray for us.

St Anne, support of the Church, pray for us.

St Anne, refuge of sinners, pray for us.

St Anne, mother of virgins, pray for us.

St Anne, help of Christians, pray for us.

St Anne, gate of salvation, pray for us.

St Anne, guide of pilgrims, pray for us.

St Anne, consolatrix of the afflicted, pray for us.

St Anne, health of the sick, pray for us.

St Anne, help of all who invoke you, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O blessed St Anne.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray. O God, Who by Thy grace, wast pleased to choose blessed Anne to be the mother of the Virgin Mary, mercifully grant that we who celebrate her praises may be assisted by her prayers to Thee, Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

 (http://www.sanctatrinitas.org/Prayers_Novena_and_Litany_to_St_Anne.html)

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