Assumption of the righteous Anna, mother of the Virgin (07/08)

The righteous Anna, the mother of the Virgin, was the daughter of the priest Matfan and his wife Maria, from the tribe of Levin, the clan of Aaron. The holy righteous Joachim, the son of Barpaphir, was a descendant of King David, to whom God promised that the Savior of the world would be born from the seed of his descendants.

Spouses, Joachim and Anna, lived in Nazareth of Galilee. They had no children until old age and mourned all their lives about it. They had to endure contempt and ridicule, since at that time dishonor was considered a shame. But they never grumbled and only prayed fervently to God, humbly trusting in His Will.

Once, during a great holiday, the gifts that the righteous Joachim took to Jerusalem to bring them to God were not accepted by the priest Reuben, who believed that a childless husband could not sacrifice to God.

St. Joachim appeared a few years later upon the introduction of His Blessed Daughter into the temple at the age of 80. Saint Anna died at the age of 70, two years after him, spending her last years at the temple, next to the Daughter.

Emperor Justinian II updated the temple in honor of Anna, because the righteous Anna appeared to his pregnant wife, then her body and bedspread ( mafia ) were transferred to Constantinople.

The Catholic Church celebrates St. Anne's Day on July 26th.