SAINT JOACHIM, Confessor August 16

Saint Joachim, husband of St. Anne and father
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, belonged to the
tribe of Juda and the House of David. From time
immemorial he has been honored in the
Churches of the East, and since the 16th century
public devotion to him has been observed in all
countries. His feast is assigned to August 16th
Of the life of this Saint, the Evangelists have
revealed nothing to us. Tradition, grounded on
very old testimonies, informs us that St.
Joachim and St. Anne in their old age, came
from Galilee to settle in Jerusalem, and there the
Blessed Mother of God was born and reared;
there also they died and were buried. A church
was built during the 4th century, possibly by St.
Helena, on the site of the home of St. Joachim
and St. Anne in Jerusalem.
PRAYER: O God, who of all Thy saints willed
Blessed Joachim to be father to the Mother of
Thy Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who
venerate his feast may evermore experience his
patronage. Amen.
Lives of the Saints, pages 319-320
Invocation – Raccolta #490
O Joachim, husband of holy Anne, father of the
merciful Virgin, hither bring thy servants help
for their salvation.
An indulgence of 300 days, once a day