Sts. Anne and Joachim: Parents of the Virgin

During my high school and college years, our family lived in St. Anne’s parish in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I have memories of the church being filled for the annual novena for the nine days preceding St. Anne’s July 26th feast day. My husband gave me my engagement ring in St. Anne’s church, and we were married there. When we return to Cleveland, we visit or attend Mass at St. Anne’s…

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin

On November 21, we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the occasion when Saint Anne and Saint Joachim presented their daughter to Zachary, the high priest in the Jerusalem Temple.

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on November 21. The Presentation recalls the day that Mary’s parents, Ann and Joachim, presented their holy young daughter to the priests in the Jewish Temple. Mary was to remain in the Temple and to be taught by the priests. She was to be educated about the Scriptures and to live a life dedicated to God.

Virgin Most Venerable

One of the Blessed Mother’s titles in her litany is Virgin Most Venerable. The word venerable comes from the Latin word veneratus, meaning to worship or revere. It also has a connotation of loving or being charmed by the object of the veneration. Veneration is not a passive love or mere acknowledgment of another, but is an active love. To say that the Blessed Mother is Most Venerable is to say that she is most worthy of receiving acts of love from others.