Orthodox Remembrance Day: 9 September, 25 July, 9 December

Catholic Remembrance Day: July 26

Name means: the gifted (Hebrew)

Mother of Our Lady Mary

Patroness: mothers and marriage, housewives, nurses, widows, poor, workers, miners, weavers, tailors, hosiery makers, lace makers, servants, millers, shopkeepers, skippers, ropemakers, carpenters, turners, goldsmiths, mines, for a happy marriage, for child blessing and happy birth, for wealth and retrieval of lost things and rain, against gout, fever, headache, chest and abdominal pain, thunderstorms.


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Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


According to apocryphal gospels of the 2nd to 6th centuries – first in the Proto-Gospel of James written in Syria or Egypt around 150 – Anna and Joachim were the parents of Mary and thus the grandparents of Jesus. The legendary life story is based on the Old Testament model of Hanna and her son Samuel (1 Samuel 1 – 2): only after twenty years of childless marriage did Anna give birth to Mary. The angel’s previous promises are indicative of the special election of Mary from the beginning. Accordingly, Anna was of royal descent and from the family of David. According to the Legenda Aurea, the elderly Anna had two more husbands after Joachim’s death, whose names are handed down as Cleophas and Salomas, from which the tradition of the Holy Clan emerged.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Anna, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints:

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