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Saint Ann

About Saint Ann


The name ‘Anne’ derives from Hebrew. ‘Hannah’ meaning ‘grace. Tradition refers to Saint Ann as being the mother of Virgin Mary. The life of Saint Ann and her connection as holy mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus was very popular to early Christians. In the year 550 a church was built in honor of St. Anne in Jerusalem. It is believed to be near where Anne, Joachim and Mary lived.

Since the Seventh Century the Greek and Russian Churches have celebrated feasts honoring St. Joachim and St. Ann. The Western Churches began to celebrate the feast of St. Anne in the Sixteenth Century. The feast of St. Ann is July 26th (western) or July 25th (eastern calendar).