Tuesday, July 26, 2016


'Tis the Memorial of Saints Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (first century B.C.): Saints-link, Saint-link Juliett & Wikipedia-link Juliett, & Saint-link Alpha & Wikipedia-link Alpha.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
There are no mentions of them in the Bible of Gospels; what we know comes from catholic legends & the "Gospel of James," which is an unsanctioned, apocryphal writing from the second century. Mary was promised to Joachim & Anne buy an angel, was consecrated to God, & she remained a virgin all her life. Mary had good, faithful parents who raised her with love & devotion to God like none other except Jesus Christ Himself.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
By tradition Joachim & Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their nams. Any stories about Mary's father & mother come to us through tradition. Devotion to St. Anne grew in Europe through a popular French tradition. The French believed that Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, Martha, & other friends of Jesus crossed the Mediterranean Sea & landed at the southern French city of Marseilles where they spread the news about Jesus's death & resurrection. According to this tradition, Mary Magdalene's group brought with them the remains of St. Anne.
'Tis also the feast of Blessed William Ward, Priest & Martyr (circa 1560-1641), martyred in the reign of the king Charles I: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter fourteen, verses seventeen thru twenty-two;
Psalm Seventy-nine, verses eight, nine, eleven, & thirteen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses thirty-six thru forty-three;

or, for Ss. Joachim & Anne:
The Book of Sirach, chapter forty-four, verses ten thru fifteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verse thirty-two;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses sixteen & seventeen.

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