I first met St. Anne when searching for a confirmation saint. I chose her because she is the patroness of housewives, and at 12 years old all I wanted was to get married and raise a family. She was a close friend and steadying guide through my teen years, and getting to know her really spear headed my personal faith journey. While now my general day-to-day devotions draw me more towards St. Joseph and Our Lady, St. Anne is still someone I find myself turning to when I’m in need of comfort or direction in more serious matters.
St. Anne is one of the more obscure saints in that not much is known about her, and even basic information is not often come across casually, as one might come across books, pictures and statues of Sts. Patrick, Joseph or Therese.
I used to say this prayer daily, for my vocation, and also as a novena for when I had something extra special I was praying for. I had it on the back of a prayer card that I kept in my wallet until it fell apart!
“O glorious St. Anne, 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.”
St. Anne is the patroness of mothers and grandmothers, housewives and umarried women, women who suffer from infertility and women who are in labour. Her feast day is July 26th.