Monday, July 17, 2023

Glorious Saint Anne – The Iconography of Saint Anne

Masaccio, Madonna and Child with Saint Anne
Italian, 1424
Florence, Uffizi Gallery
The course of the year has come round, once again, to the middle of July and the start of the period in which the Church turns to honor Saint Anne and her husband, Saint Joachim, parents of the Virgin Mary and grandparents of Jesus.  As it has every July since 1892, my home parish in New York will be honoring St. Anne during the nine day novena and feast day, from July 17th to July 26th.   The new schedule is available here.

During the normal ten-day period in 2011, I posted a series of essays on the iconography of Saint Anne.  The list of topics is shown below.  I refer readers to them.  I've updated some with additional images, as I've found them during the past year. 

1. Introduction, Background of Joachim and Anne plus Annunciation of Mary's Birth
2. The Meeting of Anne and Joachim at the Golden Gate
3. Birth of Mary
4. Presentation of Mary in the Temple
5. Saint Anne as Teacher (Education of the Virgin Mary)
6. Anne, Root of the Tree of Salvation (the Anna selbdritt image)
7. Saint Anne, Grandmother
8. Saint Anne, Matriarch of the Holy Kindred
Luca Vescia, Saint Anne and Mary
Italian, 1911
New York, Saint Jean Baptiste Church, 
Shrine of Saint Anne
9. Saint Anne in the Communion of Saints
10. Saint Anne, Patron and Intercessor

I have also published additional images of Saint Anne in annual supplements.  To see these click on the year or title:
Saint Anne at the Met

Please note that there will be no update for 2023.   A recent unfortunate computer accident wiped out all the data I had collected during the past year and so I am unable to provide an update.  I hope to retrieve that data soon and publish an expanded update in 2024.

In the meantime, you may want to join in the daily prayer to Saint Anne, recited during each day of the novena.

Novena Prayer to Saint Anne
"O glorious Saint Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen."

© M. Duffy, 2019