Anna, St

Anna, St.

the name, according to tradition, of the mother of the Virgin Mary, and wife of Joachim. The names of Anna and Joachim are not found in Holy Scripture, but are gathered from the fathers. According to a legend, her body was brought, in 710, from Jerusalem to Constantinople, and from that time many churches of Europe pretended to possess some relic of it. Her festival is kept in the Greek Church July 25th, in the Roman, July 26th. — Butler, Lives of Saints, 3, 212; comp. Binerus, De Joachimo, Anna et Josepho (Antw. 1638); Goetze, De cultu Annoe (Lips. 1702); Willisch, Ehemal. St. Annenbriiderschaft (Annab. 1723); Franz, Versuch einer Geschichte des Marienund Annen-Cultus (Halberst. 1854); and see the Legenda matranoe Anne (Lips. 1502).

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