- Photos from our Solemn High Mass will be posted by next week.
- Those who wish to download/print the image of Ste. Anne by Jenna Gambino are free to do so. Those who wish to put the image on their blogs must credit Jenna Gambino.
- The St. Anne series will be completed by next week.
In preparation for the Feast of St. Anne, patroness of the Archdiocese of Detroit, we will present a special series of posts devoted to the life of St. Anne and the history of devotion to her.
MANY if not most of the saints have had holy mothers, mothers who understood the tremendous responsibility of Christian motherhood, and who strove to instil into their children’s minds the truths of religion from the first moment of the dawn of reason. We read of the mother of St. Louis, King of France, that she repeated to him constantly, “My son, I would rather see you dead at my feet than guilty of one mortal sin.” We read of the mother of the sainted Curé d’Ars that she had consecrated him to God even before his birth, and never allowed him to forget that he belonged in a special manner to the Most High. We read of the mother of St. Nicholas of Tolentino that she kept repeating the names of Jesus and Mary into his infant ears. We know of St. Monica’s life-long struggle with Satan for the soul of her son, afterwards the great St. Augustine, of the saintly mother of the “Little Flower,” St. Therésè, in our own times, and of hosts of others. What a privilege and what a responsibility is a mother’s? It would almost seem as though she could make her child a saint if she set her mind to it, if she began with the infant, with the tender sapling, training it to grow in the right way while it is capable of being trained. Surely no commendation is too high for a good mother.
And if the mothers of saints and all good mothers deserve to be praised and honoured what praise and honour are great enough for her who was worthy to be mother of the Queen of Saints, good St. Anne, grandmother according to the flesh of Our Saviour Jesus Christ? Devotion to St. Anne is the spontaneous warm and hearty outpouring of the true Catholic heart which loves Mary. One feels how Mary must have loved and reverenced her mother. The Immaculate Virgin obeyed and practised in their utmost perfection the commandments of the Law. Next to Jesus Christ Himself none other ever honoured and obeyed parents as she did, and with that honour and obedience went the most intense filial love. What must have been the holiness of that parent who was made the mother of the only one among the descendants of Adam conceived and born without stain of sin ? God fashioned St. Anne to be the perfect mother of a still more perfect daughter. He trained her in the school of humiliation, of hope deferred, of prayers unanswered, of years of disappointment borne with perfect meekness and resignation, and then, in her old age the miracle was wrought, the prayers of years were answered, and oh ! what an answer ! The Immaculate Mary was conceived in her womb. She became the mother of her who was to be ” the glory of Jerusalem, the honour of our people, the joy of Israel, above all women upon the earth.” In a word St. Anne was the mother of the Mother of God. She was not alone to bring forth a pure, beautiful and glorious child, but she was further given the charge of preparing and educating her daughter for the sublime dignity which awaited her. When one meets a virtuous and amiable girl it is natural to say, “that girl has been well brought up. She must have had a good mother.” But what a girl was Mary! Of her St. Ambrose says “What more noble than the Mother of God. She was a virgin in body and mind, whose candour was incapable of deceit or disguise, humble in heart, grave in words, wise in her resolutions, she spoke seldom and little, read assiduously, and placed her confidence not in inconstant riches but in the prayers of the poor. Being always employed with fervour, she would have no witness of her heart but God alone. She injured no one, was beneficent to all, honoured her superiors, envied not equals, shunned vain-glory, followed reason, and ardently loved virtue. Her actions had nothing unbecoming, her gait nothing of levity, her voice nothing of overbearing assurance. Her exterior was so well regulated that in her body was seen a picture of her mind. Her charities knew no bounds, temperate in her diet she prolonged her fasts several days, and the most ordinary meats were her choice, not to please the taste but to sustain nature. It was not her custom to go out of doors except to the house of prayer, and this always in the company of relatives.”
What a model for young girlhood was Mary, and what a testimony to a good mother’s care and example. Of that mother St. Jerome says: ” Anne is the glorious tree from which bloomed a twig under Divine Influence. She is the consecrated ground which brought forth the Burning Bush. She is the sublime Heaven from whose heights the Star of the Sea neared its rising. She is the blessed barren woman, happy mother among mothers, from her pure womb came forth the shining temple of God, the sanctuary of the Holy Ghost, the Mother of God.” Mary is the Treasurer of all graces. How great then the privilege and dignity conferred by God upon St. Anne when God chose her for Mary’s mother ? ” Blessed, thrice blessed, art thou, St. Anne ! ” exclaims St. John Damascene, the great Doctor of the Church, ” who didst receive from God and bring forth the blessed Child from whence proceeded Christ, the Flower of Life.” Even her beautiful name Anne (grace) signifies gracious, —loving,—and refers to her sublime destiny. She too had been selected from all eternity like her beloved child. To her may be applied the words of St. Bernardine of Siena regarding St. Joseph
“In the Kingdom of God the universal rule is ‘ If God elects anyone for a special privilege and a sublime state He bestows on that chosen person all the gifts necessary for its adornment.’ “
“Anne was the most chaste of virgins,” wrote Mary of Agreda in the ” City of God.” “From her very childhood she possessed the fullness of every virtue. She was being continually enlightened, and was constantly engaged in devout meditation. Her unceasing prayer was that the Redeemer might come quickly. Had Anne not been adorned with angelic purity she could never have become the mother of the Virgin of Virgins. Without purity the great miracle of Mary’s Immaculate Conception could never have taken place in her womb.”
Anne Catherine Emmerich in her visions saw St. Anne in ecstasy, enveloped in heavenly splendour, and surrounded by hosts of angels at the moment of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. She beheld the Heavens open, and the Blessed Trinity and angels rejoicing. Equally great was the Heavenly jubilation at Mary’s birth. St. Anne shares in the glory of Mary in a special manner on the great feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Nativity, they are her feasts also, on which her clients should rejoice with her.
To be Continued…..
REMINDER: External Solemnity of Saint Anne this Sunday, July 24th. 9:30 AM Solemn High Mass followed by veneration of the relic. A reception will follow the Mass. Invite your family and friends.
Please note that there will be NO EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION as we previously announced.
We will have a Solemn High Mass (9:30 AM) for the External Solemnity of Ste. Anne followed by veneration of the first class relic of St. Anne. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
NOVENA PRAYERS IN HONOR OF ST. ANNE
Feast of St. Anne, July 26
PRAYER TO ST. ANNE, MOTHER OF MARY
With deep and heartfelt veneration I prostrate myself before thee, O glorious Saint Anne. Thou art that creation of privilege and predilection, who through thy extraordinary virtues and sanctity wast worthy to receive from God, the supreme grace of giving life to the treasure-house of all graces, blessed among women, Mother of the Word Incarnate, the most holy Virgin Mary. Deign therefore, O most compassionate Saint, for the sake of this lofty privilege, to receive me into the number of thy true followers, for such I protest I am and desire to remain so long as I may live. Surround me with thy powerful patronage, and obtain for me from God the grace to imitate those virtues which thou wast so abundantly adorned. Grant that I may know and bitterly lament my sins. Obtain for me a most lively affection for Jesus and Mary, and fidelity and constancy in the practice of the duties of my state. Preserve me from every danger in life, and assist me in the moment of my death, so that safe in Paradise, I may unite with thee, most blessed Mother, in praising the Word of God made man in the bosom of thy most pure child, the Virgin Mary.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father
PRAYER TO ST. ANNE TO OBTAIN A SPECIAL FAVOR
O Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I commend to thee. (State your petition.) Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee and Mary and all the Saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.
Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. (3 times)
Good St. Anne, pray for us
“ St. Anne Feast Day festivities will be held throughout Metro Detroit this month. Having been named Patron Saint of Detroit in May 2011, this celebration of St. Anne marks the first time that parishioners will come together as a region to celebrate our patroness.” (From the Archdiocese of Detroit)
At St. Josaphat, we will celebrate the feast of St. Anne as an External Solemnity in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. According to the rubrics of 1962, the feast of the principal patron of a diocese may be celebrated on a Sunday as an External Solemnity. In the case of our archdiocese, the principal patron is St. Anne and so we will be celebrating her feast which is normally July 26th on Sunday, July 24th. Our celebrant will be Fr. Johnson.
Please join us as we celebrate the feast of our beloved patroness according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Invite your family and friends.
External Solemnity of Saint Anne: Sunday, July 24, 2011
9:30 AM: Solemn High Mass followed by veneration of the relic of St. Anne.
UPDATE: For those who may have read the previous announcement: There will be NO EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION as previously announced. Sorry.
A reception will take place in the parish hall following the Mass.
For those who wish to also celebrate the feast on July 26th according to the Extraordinary Form…
A Sung Mass will be offered for the Feast of St. Anne at Assumption Church in Windsor, Canada at 7:00 PM
Coming up this month on July 26th, we celebrate the feast of St. Anne. For our readers in the AOD who follow the Traditional Mass, it should be noted that the feast now ranks as a First Class Feast on the Tridentine Calendar for this Archdiocese.
During this coming month, I will be posting information on St. Anne concerning her life and miracles. Later on this month, I will post the Novena Prayers to St. Anne. The Novena begins on July 17.
With regard to the above image, it may be downloaded for personal devotional use. You may print it off your computer or at a print shop. Frame it and get it blessed if you wish. Bloggers in the area who visit this blog may use the above image if they wish to post something on St. Anne, however, the image must be credited to Jenna Gambino and a link provided to this blog.
With that said, please consider offering some form of devotion in honor of St. Anne this month. Please pray for the Archdiocese of Detroit and pray for vocations.
The following prayers are offered for your personal devotion. You may use them daily during this month of July.
THE FIVE PREROGATIVES OF ST. ANNE
1. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, for thou didst conceive a daughter who is the Mother of the Saviour of the world! (Gloria Patri, etc.).
2. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, mother of the Queen of Heaven, for from thee proceeded the bright shining Star of the Sea! (Gloria Patri, etc.).
3. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, who ever a Virgin is at the same time the Mother of the Redeemer. (Gloria Patri, etc.).
4. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, who alone didst merit the grace of being the mother of Mary, and grand-parent of Jesus Christ. (Gloria Patri, etc.).
5. Rejoice, O blessed Anne, exult and be glad unceasingly, that thou hast been so privileged by God ! Plead for me with Mary, thy most pure daughter, the august Queen of Heaven. (Gloria Patri, etc.).
V. Pray for us, St. Anne.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray.
O God Who didst will that St. Anne by being the mother of Mary, the Ever Blessed Virgin, should co-operate in the work of the Redemption of Thine Only-Begotten Son, grant we beseech Thee, that while on earth, we may so venerate the Mother of Thy Son, and her Mother, St. Anne, that at the hour of death we may rejoice in their assistance and praise and bless Thee forever in Heaven. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST. ANNE TO OBTAIN SOME SPECIAL FAVOUR
Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee, and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet, and humbly beg of thee to take the present affair which I recommend to thee under thy special protection. (For the Archdiocese of Detroit and other special intentions)
Vouchsafe to commend it to thy Daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with thee and Mary and all the saints praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.
Good St. Anne, Mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us, and obtain our request. (Three times).
Prayers from: http://www.catholicpamphlets.net