Prayer in Honor of Saints Anne & Joachim
O holy Saint Anne and Saint Joachim
your were privileged to be the parents
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and the grandparents of Jesus, the Son of God.
Your faith and trust in God was blessed
when Anne became pregnant at time in her life
when she had given up hope of having a child.
With joy and thanksgiving,
she gave birth to a daughter, Mary,
who would become the mother of our Savior.
You surrounded Mary with your love
and taught her how to trust in God
and be a woman of faith.
As parents you had the day-to-day responsibility
of helping Mary grow
and of guiding her to believe
even in times of uncertainty.
Saint Anne and Saint Joachim,
we ask you to guide all parents
in their day-to-day responsibilities
of raising their children.
In this complex world,
help parents to know what will good for their children
and help them to be models of faith
by the way they live out their belief in God.
O holy Saint Anne and Saint Joachim,
your love for each other
is a source of blessing for all married people,
and for parents and grandparents.
The child that you brought into the world
showed God’s great love for all people.
Help us to treat each other with patience, charity, and compassion.
Guide parents the day-to-day challenges
of raising children.
Bless grandparents in their role of being a support to their children,
and a source of love for their grandchildren.
Give your gift of peace to all that we pray for this day.
Through Christ our Lord.