St Anna and St Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. –
An ancient tradition, gives these names to the parents of the Virgin Mary. The cult of St Anna became popular in the 6th century in the East, and in the 10th century in the West, Joachim was added a long time later. Although the information about Mary’s parents is found in an early apocryphal writing that gives many miraculous stories about the early life of the Virgin Mary, there is no reason to suppose that such a straightforward fact as her parents’ names should be wrong. It does not occur in the Gospels simply because the evangelists) felt they had more important things to talk about. But what, after all, could be more important than the parents who brought up the Virgin Mary to be the woman she was? At the moment of consenting to the Incarnation she took the most important decision ever taken by any human being, and the fact that she took it is, to a great extent, the work of her parents. The Holy Spirit gave her the strength to take the decision; but her parents’ training gave her the wisdom to choose.
(Thank you to Daylesford Abbey)