Prayer to Saint Anne
Saint Anne and her husband Saint Joachim - the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary - are revered as the Secondary Protectors of the Carmelite Order (after St. Joseph). Many Carmelite communities - including that at Aylesford Priory in Kent - have altars dedicated to Saint Anne.
Saint Anne and the infant Mary depicted in ceramic
by Adam Kossowski at Aylesford Priory.
Good Saint Anne,
you were especially favoured by God
to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary,
and thus grandmother of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
By your intimacy with your most pure daughter and her divine Son,
kindly obtain for us the graces that we seek.
Secure for us the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties
and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary.