Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

O Lord God of Israel,
who didst bestow such grace on Anne and Joachim 
that their daughter Mary grew up obedient to thy word 
and was made ready to be the mother of thy Son: 
strengthen us to commit ourselves in all things to thy keeping 
and grant us the salvation which thou hast promised to thy people; 
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, 
who liveth and reigneth with thee, 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

(The Meeting of Sts. Joachim and Anne outside the Golden Gate of Jerusalem - Filippino Lippi - c. 1497 - Tempera on Panel - Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen).

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