Righteous Anna, the mother of the Theotokos, was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary, from the tribe of Levi, the family of Aaron. Holy righteous Joachim, the son of Varpafir, 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.
The couple, Joachim and Anna, lived in Nazareth of Galilee. They did not have children until a very old age and mourned about it all their lives. They had to endure contempt and ridicule, since at that time childlessness was considered a shame. But they never grumbled and only fervently prayed to God, humbly trusting in His Will.
Once, during a great feast, the gifts that the righteous Joachim took to Jerusalem to offer them to God were not accepted by the priest Reuben, who believed that a childless husband could not offer sacrifice to God.