Saint Ana/Anne/Ann

Saint Anne

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The name Ann has been drawn from Hannah in Hebrew which means grace or favor.

The family line of King David found favor in the Lord; his grandmother Ann and Mother Virgin Mary too had a favor as God chose them to bear his Only Son Jesus Christ. This argument is supported by both the Christian many religion including the Roman Catholic hold this belief.

The tradition of the church

This story is identical to the or in the Old Testament about the birth of Samuel, the servant of God whose mother Hanna did not have the ability to give birth. Note that, the church in the Western region did not give Hanna any recognition before the 12th century. However, the Roman Catholic Church in the Eastern recognized her from as early as the 6th century. Both the Eastern Catholic and orthodox churches call her Hanna with the tradition of the eastern orthodox recognizes as the bearer of Jesus while they hold a feast to mark Mary’s birth and commitment to the temple. In the Eastern Church, they hold a small feast that has been named the Dormition of Hanna. There are beliefs among the Protestants that Martin Luther was called to serve the Lord by Saint Anne.

Various opinions on Ann’s life

A number of theologians hold two opinions about her life, the first one is that she had only one husband, Joachim; another belief is that she may have been married three times. Saint John Damascene detested the idea that Ann had been married once. He argues that she indeed married thrice, to Joachim, Clopas and Solomas. The story goes on that in each of the marriages she bore a child whom she named Mary. According to this story, Sobe the mother of Elizabeth the Saint was a sister to Saint Hanna.

During the 4th century and some period after the 15th century, some believers claimed that Mary, Just like Jesus, was born miraculously. The most significant of the believers was a Lutheran Clergy named Valentine Weigel who claimed that Mary had been born by an intervention of the Holy Spirit. The Roman Catholic discarded the claims in the year 1677 while saying that she was conceived the ordinary way and had an earthly father but was purified from sin for fitness to bear Christ. This argument has created some in controversial with Virgin Birth which is also known as Incarnation of Christ. Some period during the 15th century, Johan Eck, a Catholic cleric stated that St Ann's was born to Emerentia and Stollanus.

Patronage of this saint: 

St. Ann offers patronage for various places in the United States, Italy, Canada, France, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Malaysia and South Vietnam among others. Other patronage for the saint is, being a saint to miners, horseback riders, cabinet makers, unmarried women, housewives and women in labor. Since the year 1506 in which Pope Julius II made a decree that relics of the saint be kept in Düren, this has been the center for Saint Ann’s pilgrimage.

Requesting petitions for the following:            

  • Find love.
  • Better relationships.
  • Fertility.
  • Feast: 26-Jul
  • Day: Monday
  • Candle/Emblem: White
  • Matters Concerning: Help for the deaf or blind. Patroness of housewives, women in labor, cabinet makers, and Canada.

By Flo Saul
Aug 17, 2012