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Friday, August 01, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/1/2014

       
The Youth Festival in Medjugorje!!!      
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J.M.J
August 1, 2014
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Day 2 of the Youth Festival in Medjugorje

Dear Family of Mary!

Last night was the opening ceremony of the Youth Festival in Medjugorje. The outdoor altar area was a sea of pilgrims.  

  

After praying the Rosary and pausing at apparition time, Fr. Marinko, the pastor of St. James Parish introduced representatives from 60 countries! These young people each addressed the assembly, sharing their joy and love for Our Lady and for Jesus. It was very moving.

  

Holy Mass was concelebrated by over 350 priests! They all seemed to be having a wonderful time!! The music was heavenly and the deep respect and homage for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was evident.

  

The Mary TV team performed brilliantly, capturing for all of us who joined via the internet the heart of this night of prayer and praise. With such a small team, it was amazing to behold how much they could transmit to us, live!! And thanks to our fiber optics cable, the transmission was flawless. Wow!!

  

Today is a big day. The young people will climb Apparition Hill at 6:00 am Medjugorje time! Our team will film the climb for us to view later. Then there will be testimonies for the festival. We will record some of them for later viewing as well. Finally, the Evening Program will be streamed live as it was last night. Tell your friends, tell everyone to join in this incredible experience of Holy Mass in Medjugorje with the young people from around the world. It is a once in a life time experience!!

  

I want to thank all of you who have helped us to be able to stream so brilliantly the events of Medjugorje. Without the prayer support and donations of so many, we would not be able to share Medjugorje with the entire world. Yesterday there were 58 countries viewing Holy Mass through Mary TV. Wow!!

Our Lady said to us on July 25:

"Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God's will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2014)

This is a call to all of us to return to God, and to our first fervor for Our Lady's school in Medjugorje. The Youth Festival is a powerful retreat for us all, a way to recharge our batteries and grow in zeal for God's love and His plan for each of us. Join us atwww.marytv.tv for the Youth Festival in Medjugorje!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

PS. Here is Day 6 of our Novena for Priests in honor of Our Lady's birthday:

We pray that our dear priests may always have love for us as Mary's Son, Jesus, had, and showed by giving His life for our salvation. (November 2, 2013)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...


Let us pray: O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.

PPS. We are still not sure where Mirjana's August 2 apparition will take place. We will announce what we know during the Daily Rosary today, and send out an email when we know for sure.




"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 31, 2014 - Update from Denis - Youth Festival












     
Medjugorje Youth Festival
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July 31, 2014  
Dear Mary TV Family.....

Today begins the 2014 Mladifest - the Youth Festival in Medjugorje!!

Mary TV will be LIVE STREAMING several events during the Youth Festival in Medjugorje, including the evening program of prayer!

LIVE STREAMING begins Thursday, July 31st at 6:00 pm Medjugorje time (12:00 pm - Noon-  EDT in the US)  at www.marytv.tv  This will be the opening program of the festival which will include the greetings from representatives of all the countries present - Spectacular!  With banners and flags!  You don't want to miss it! 

From August 1 to August 5 we will be streaming the evening program.  Live streaming will begin at about 5:00 pm Medjugorje time (11:00 am EDT) and continue until about 10:00 pm Medjugorje Time (4:00 pm EDT)  These times are estimates.   

The Daily Rosary will continue as usual at 4:00 pm Medjugorje time (10:00 am EDT)!  Also, there will be no English Mass during the festival, so no recorded English Mass will appear on our website during that time.  

On August 6, there will be Holy Mass at Dawn on Mount Krizevac!  We hope to stream this moving liturgy, live.  Look for announcements on our web page.   

It is also possible that we will stream Mirjana's August 2 apparition - live.  We will send out another update if this is made possible.  It depends on Mirjana's health. 

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Thank you and God bless you!

Denis Nolan






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These Stone Walls: Goodbye, Good Priests?



the Fatherhood of Bishops With Disposable Priests s
“Father Jim” is a senior priest suspended under terms of the Dallas Charter, barred from ministry and from defending his good name due to a claim from 1972.
Editor’s Note: The following guest post by “Father Jim” was received as a comment on a recent post at These Stone Walls. Due to its length and subject matter, we are posting it as a guest post with Father Jim’s permission, but we have shielded his identity because his case is still pending at the Holy See.

This great post by "Father Jim" tells a story the entire church must hear. How did we even get to "Goodbye, good priests?" Please, help share this stunning post on "The Fatherhood of Bishops With Disposable Priests."

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From Mark Mallett: On Medjugorje

On Medjugorje


 
IN the over 900 writings on this website, I have mentioned Medjugorje relatively few times. I have not ignored it, as some wish me to, for the simple fact that I would be acting contrary to Sacred Scripture which commands us not to despise, but test prophecy. In that regard, after 33 years, Rome has intervened several times to prevent this alleged apparition site from being shut down, even going so far as to take authority for the authenticity of the apparitions away from the local bishop and into the hands of the Vatican and her commissions, and ultimately the Pope himself. Neither can one ignore, without a certain intellectual dishonesty, the numerous statements from not only cardinals and bishops, but from St. John Paul II himself that were positive, if not outright celebratory of this unofficial Marian shrine (seeMedjugorje: Just the Facts Ma’am. Pope Francis has yet to make a public pronouncement, but is known to have allowed the seers of Medjugorje to speak in his jurisdiction while he was a Cardinal.)
While I’ve shared my own experiences of Medjugorje in the past (see That Medjugorje) as well as a powerful encounter of Divine Mercy there (see Miracle of Mercy), today I am going to speak to those who want to see Medjugorje shut down and mothballed.
What are you thinking?
PUBLISHED IN: | ON JULY 30TH, 2014 |

From The Friars eLetter: Loving One’s Enemies (Matt 5:43-48)





God has many enemies; the atheist who mocks him, the agnostic who is indifferent and the lapsed that is worldly minded. Each in their own way has marked themselves against God. Yet God in return loves them and asks the same of us in return. We who have fewer enemies and whose enemies are less passionate and less violent are called to imitate God. Our hearts, like his, are meant to become a wide open space where even our enemies can come and take refuge.

Matthew 5:43-48
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

+ Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
Sacred Heart of Jesus Friary
Ft. Worth, TX
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Mary TV daily Reflection 7/30/2014


   
     
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J.M.J
July 30, 2014
St. Peter Chrysologus

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God's will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2014)

On June 25, 2014 Our Lady announced to us: "The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace." It seemed that she was even a bit surprised that she was able to remain with us. Her continued presence with us in Medjugorje is a sign to us that God has not given up on us yet!

Indeed Our Lady told us on July 25: "You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert." Indeed, one of the chief signs that God is giving us at this time is the continued presence of Our Lady in Medjugorje! Her presence is a sign to us to convert and to be open to God's will in our lives. Our Lady's presence is a grace beyond measure for each of us. If we are not aware of the immensity of this grace, we have truly grown dull witted!

Truly this is a time of great grace. Though we may not "feel" this grace, or understand it, there is one way to measure it. St. Paul wrote, "...where sin increased; grace abounded all the more." (Rom 5:20) Truly in our day sin has increased, violence and strife are overflowing. And so grace abounds all the more, because God will not be outdone. He is pouring out graces upon us to help us in this battle. And through our Lady's presence in Medjugorje we can receive those graces in abundance.

And so Our Lady calls us to "return to God and to prayer." This is the way to respond to grace. We must return to our faith, to our deepest faith that God exists. And we must turn to God in prayer, opening our hearts to Him with expectant faith, that we will receive what we need in this time.

Our Lady is trying to rouse us, to wake us up. We may be tired out from the struggle. We may be growing cool in our zeal. Our hearts may be turning inward, losing perspective. We may be disheartened. Whatever is drawing us away from our commitment to the Lord and to prayer, we need to renounce it. This is no time to give up!! Our Lady is with us, the saints and angels are with us. It is as if a vast army has been gathered at this moment in time, and we are key players in that army. We, the Church Militant, are standing at the head of the army of God, positioned to do battle for heaven, and to win souls for eternity. God sent Our Lady to rally us. We can't give up now. This is our hour!  

"The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace."

Our fight is a fight for peace. May we respond to Our Lady's call!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

Novena Day 4:
We pray that we may place our trust in the blessed hands of the priests. (March 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Let us pray: O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.







"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 7/29/2014

        
    
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J.M.J
July 29, 2014
St. Martha

Dear Family of Mary!

 "Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God's will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2014)

Our Lady never leaves the basics when she talks to us. She knows that we are like sheep that wander about. We are sheep who need to be guided and led, or we will get lost in the maze of everyday life. Her most basic call to us is to prayer. She tells us"Return to God and to prayer..." Why? Because we wander off. We get distracted by the things of this life and just wander away from God and prayer.

She also tells us that she is interceding for us along with the saints and angels. Whew! That makes me feel safer. And today's saint is someone who can really help us to return to prayer. St. Martha was among Jesus' closest friends. He often stayed with her family, and she hosted him faithfully. But poor Martha, she was once corrected by Jesus, and that correction has remained as an important correction for all of us down to this day.

"Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10: 38-42)


Martha let her work get in the way of her relationship with Jesus. Mary on the other hand, sat at Jesus' feet and listened to him. Mary had learned the essence of prayer, sitting at the Lord's feet. Mary wasn't worried about "doing" for Jesus. She wanted to "be" with him.

Fr. Jacque Philippe writes about prayer and "being" with God in this way:

Faithfulness to prayer is extremely valuable because it helps us preserve the element of gratuitousness in our lives. As I said earlier, praying means wasting our time for God. Basically this is an attitude of loving freely, and not for our own benefit. This idea of gratuitousness is endangered today, when everything is evaluated by profitability, results, and performance. That ends up by being destructive for human life.

True love cannot be reduced to the category of what is useful. In telling of our Lord's instituting the twelve Apostles, the Gospel of Mark says Jesus chose them first of all "to be with him" (Mk 3:14)....To pray is to spend time freely with God just for the joy of being together. It is to love, because giving our time means giving our lives. Love does not mean primarily to do something for the other person, it means being there with them. Prayer trains us to be there with God, in a simple act of loving attention. (Jacques Philippe. "Thirsting for Prayer". Scepter Publishing. P. 11-12)

Wasting time with God! When I heard this it immediately diffused a great difficulty I was having in prayer. I, like Martha, get distracted by all of my "duties" and I can wander away from prayer, from sitting at the feet of Jesus. I need to embrace the idea of wasting time on Jesus. Just wasting it, letting it go, giving it to Him. What a relief it is! It must have been a relief for Martha as well!!

Here is another message from Our Lady about prayer:

"Dear children! Today I invite you to decide to give time patiently for prayer. Little children, you cannot say you are mine and that you have experienced conversion through my messages if you are not ready to give time to God every day. I am close to you and I bless you all. Little children, do not forget that if you do not pray you are not close to me, nor are you close to the Holy Spirit who leads you along the path to holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call."(July 25, 1994)

Our Lady understands about duties and work, but she is not fooled into thinking they are more important than patiently giving time to God in prayer! She has patiently been directing us to sit at the feet of her Son for all these years. If we still need to be reminded, she will remind us.

Mother, help us to learn to waste time on your Son, Jesus. Pray for us St. Martha that we may learn to sit at the feet of Jesus!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

PS. Novena, Day 3
We pray that our dear priests may always feel the blessing of Mary's motherly hands and the support of Her motherly heart. (April 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...


Let us pray: O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.







"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Medjugorje: "I Give You Advice"

From the desk of A Friend of Medjugorje

"I Give You Advice"

July 28, 2014 A.D.

 

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Our Lady of Medjugorje said on Friday, July 25, 2014,:
Medjugorje: la Gospa
Medjugorje: la Gospa (Photo credit: Stefano Pertusati)

...the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert...”

This time is a great time of conversion. Recently, on July 8, 2014, Medjugorje visionary Ivan, spoke to the pilgrims in Medjugorje and shared the following:

“Please, I don’t want you looking at me today to think that I am a perfect man and a saint because I am not. I am just trying to be better. I am just trying to be holier everyday. See this desire for holiness is engraved profoundly in my heart. Certainly I haven’t converted myself for a simple fact of seeing our Blessed Mother and being a visionary. I know that my conversion, as well as the conversion of us all as pilgrims, is a program and a process for the rest of our lives. We all have to decide for good, change ourselves everyday, everyday give up sinning and remove everything which is an obstacle on our path to holiness. We all need to open ourselves on a daily basis to the Holy Spirit and accept the Word of Christ and live it in our life, in our families and in us to grow in holiness.”

Even as the visionaries themselves strive everyday to convert, so must we in this time when the Most High is giving us signs to convert, the Greatest Sign being Our Lady Herself. Our Lady said on February 20, 1985:
 
“I give you advice; I would like you to try to conquer some fault each day. If your fault is to get angry at everything, try each day to get angry less. If your fault is not to be able to study, try to study. If your fault is not to be able to obey, or if you cannot stand those who do not please you, try on a given day to speak with them. If your fault is not to be able to stand an arrogant person, you should try to approach that person. If you desire that person to be humble, be humble yourselves. Show that humility is worth more than pride.

“Thus, each day, try to go beyond, and to reject every vice from your heart. Find out which are the vices that you most need to reject...”

With Our Lady's blessing, each day go beyond.
In the Love of Our Lady,
A Friend of Medjugorje

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Mary TV Daily Reflection 7/28/2014

      
    
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J.M.J
July 28, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

We are approaching an exciting time in Medjugorje! The Youth Festival will begin on July 31st. Mary TV will stream as much of the events as possible. Please pray for our team, as they will be working very hard to provide a link for us all to the festival.

And Our Lady's actual birthday (as she shared with the visionaries) is on August 5. This date does not conflict with Our Lady's Birthday Feast in the Church which is September 8. The Church celebrates not so much the date, as the fact that Mary was born!! But Our Lady shared her birth date with the visionaries in order to rejoice with them as her children. Here is what happened on August 5, 1984:

Sunday, August 5, 1984
The celebration of the second millennium of Mary's birthday was preceded by three days of fasting and continuous prayer. Seventy priests heard confessions without rest; there were a great number of conversions.
"Never in my life have I cried with sorrow, as I have cried this evening with joy. Thank you!"


In anticipation of this day Our Lady had said:
"The priest who will hear confession will have great joy on that day."


During these 3 days of fasting and continuous prayer the visionaries say the Blessed Virgin was very Joyful. Our Lady repeated:
"I am very happy, continue, continue! Continue to pray and to fast."


Her joy seemed to have reached a peak Sunday, August 5th. Like a flower when it blooms, and full of joy, Our Lady said:
"Continue, continue, open your hearts, ask God and I will ask for you."


You can see how important the priests are to Our Lady. It was their ministry of hearing Confessions that made her birthday wonderful! Our friend Teresa Grodi understands the love Our Lady has for her priests, and decided that a very good birthday gift to give her would be a novena of prayer for priests, based on some of Mirjana's recent messages. She wrote this novena and has allowed me to share it. It was to start yesterday, July 27. So we will have to do two days-worth today to catch up!!

And when Olga heard us begin the novena yesterday on the Rosary, she wrote with such joy that not only will the novena end on Our Lady's birthday, but the last day of the novena prayers, August 4, is the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of priests!!  Isn't Divine Providence wonderful!!! 

I am sending the entire novena today, so you can pray it all week. We will also pray it during our Daily Rosary:

Novena for Priests 
(based on Our Lady's 2nd of the month messages)


Prayer to be prayed each day:

O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.

Day 1
We pray that our dear priests may always be an example of humility for us. (July 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 2
We pray that our dear priests may always lead us with a pure heart on the way of truth and love - the way of Mary's Son, Jesus. (June 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 3
We pray that our dear priests may always feel the blessing of Mary's motherly hands and the support of Her motherly heart. (April 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 4
We pray that we may place our trust in the blessed hands of the priests. (March 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 5
We pray for our dear priests, that the ray of God's grace may illuminate their ways. (February 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 6
We pray that our dear priests may always have love for us as Mary's Son, Jesus, had, and showed by giving His life for our salvation. (November 2, 2013)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 7
We pray that we have an increase in trust in our shepherds as Mary's Son, Jesus, trusted when He chose them, and we pray that they may have the strength and the love to lead us. (October 2, 2014)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 8
We pray evil may not be permitted to separate us from our priests. (September 2, 2013)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

Day 9
Finally, we pray for an increase in love for our shepherds, in our hearts, in the hearts of our families, and in the whole world. We pray that, at this difficult time, the name of Jesus may be glorified under their guidance. We pray that we may extend the joy of love and support to our shepherds, just as Jesus has asked them to extend it to us! (August 2 and July 2, 2013)
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

God bless you all, and let's give this great gift to Our Lady, the gift of prayer for her Priest-Sons.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Spiritual Gems-The Flame of Love Moves Us to Love Better and Repair More-July 26, 2014

The Flame of Love Moves Us to Love Better and Repair More

My daughter, share this with all My beloved children.....You must shake souls out of the indifference which drowns them.  First, make them realize they must live in intimate union with Me; especially those who despite receiving Me frequently in their souls avoid getting close to Me...During your daily tasks, you do not even think of Me within your souls. This hurts Me and I suffer much....so during the day dispose your hearts for constant union with Me by means of a fervent ejaculatory prayer or a loving glance....Desire many souls for Me.  This is the objective of your life; keep it always before your eyes.

Our Lord to Elizabeth Kindelmann from the Flame of Love.

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From Mark Mallett: The Great Confusion

Mark

The Great Confusion



 

THERE is coming a time, and it is already here, when there is going to be great confusion in the world and in the Church. After Pope Benedict resigned, I sensed the Lord warning me about this over and over again. And now we see it unfolding rapidly around us—in the world and in the Church.
Published in: | on July 25th, 2014 | 

SAINTS ANNE AND JOACHIM, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Today, July 26 the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the parents of the Virgin Mary, Saints Joachim and Anne. The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would give birth to Christ.
The New Testament contains no specific information about the lives of the Virgin Mary's parents, but other documents outside of the Biblical canon do provide some details. Although these writings are not considered authoritative in the same manner as the Bible, they outline some of the Church's traditional beliefs about Joachim, Anne and their daughter.
The Protoevangelium of James, which was probably put into its final written form in the early second century, describes Mary's father Joachim as a wealthy member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Joachim was deeply grieved, along with his wife Anne, by their childlessness. He called to mind Abraham, the early Christian writing says, that in the last day God gave him a son Isaac.
Joachim and Anne began to devote themselves to rigorous prayer and fasting, in isolation from one another and from society. They regarded their inability to conceive a child as a surpassing misfortune, and a sign of shame among the tribes of Israel.
As it turned out, however, the couple were to be blessed even more abundantly than Abraham and Sarah. An angel revealed this to Anne when he appeared to her and prophesied that all generations would honor their future child: The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive, and shall bring forth; and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.
After Mary's birth, according to the Protoevangelium of James, Anne made a sanctuary in the infant girl's room, and allowed nothing common or unclean on account of the special holiness of the child. The same writing records that when she was one year old, her father made a great feast, and invited the priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and all the people of Israel.
And Joachim brought the child to the priests, the account continues, and they blessed her, saying: 'O God of our fathers, bless this child, and give her an everlasting name to be named in all generations' And he brought her to the chief priests; and they blessed her, saying: 'O God most high, look upon this child, and bless her with the utmost blessing, which shall be forever.'
The protoevangelium goes on to describe how Mary's parents, along with the temple priests, subsequently decided that she would be offered to God as a consecrated Virgin for the rest of her life, and enter a chaste marriage with the carpenter Joseph.
St. Joachim and St. Anne have been a part of the Church's liturgical calendar for many centuries. Devotion to their memory is particularly strong in the Eastern Catholic churches, where their intercession is invoked by the priest at the end of each Divine Liturgy. The Eastern churches, however, celebrate Sts. Joachim and Anne on a different date, Sept. 9.
"Remember, of these parents you were born; what can you give them for all they gave you?" (Sir 7:28)
Praised be Joachim and Anne for the child they bore. The Lord gave them the blessing of all the nations.
Oramus
God of our fathers,
You gave Saints Joachim and Anne
the privilege of being the parents of Mary,
the Mother of Your incarnate Son.
May their prayers help us to attain
the salvation You have promised to Your people.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .



Nativity of Mary
Saints Anne & Joachim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)