*A Prayer to Saint Anne and Saint Joachim*
“Good parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
grandparents of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
When life seems barren,
help us to trust in God’s mercy.
When we are confused,
help us to find the way to God.
When we are lost in the desert,
lead us to those whom God has called us to love…
When we are selfish,
teach us to cling only to that which lasts.
When we are afraid,
help us to trust in God.
When we are ashamed,
remind us that we are God’s children.
When we sin,
lead us to do God’s will.
You who know God’s will for husband and wife,
help us to live chastely.
You who know God’s will for the family,
keep all families close to you…
You who gave birth to the Blessed Mother,
inspire couples to be co-creators with God.
You who taught the Mother of God,
teach us to nurture children in holy instruction.
You whose hearts trusted in God,
hear our prayers for (mention your requests here).
God of our fathers, You gave Saints Anne and Joachim the privilege of being the parents of Mary, the mother of your incarnate Son.
May their prayers help us to attain the salvation You have promised to Your people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”
*Note: Entire prayer (novena) is not provided above but can be found here via source [usccb.org]*
Happy Feast Day (7/26), dear Saints Anne (whose name I had chosen when I was 13 for Confirmation) & Joachim!