Francesco Polazzo, The Death of Saint Joseph, 18th century
The Viaticum by Bruno Chérier, Église Notre-Dame de Fives, Lille
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
O my God, I have certainly to die, but I know not
when, how, or where I shall die; this only I know:
that if I die in mortal sin, I shall be lost forever.
Most blessed Virgin Mary, holy Mother of God,
pray for me a sinner, now and at the hour of my
Beati mortui, qui in Domino moriuntur.
O mi Deus, moriendum mihi est certo, sed nescio
quando, quomodo, ubi moriar; hoc unum scio, me
in æternum periturum, si in peccato lethali
expirem. Beatissima Virgo Maria, Mater Dei Sancta,
ora pro me peccatore, nunc et in hora mortis meæ. Amen.
—Pius X, January 12, 1906
Those who venerate good St. Anne shall want for nothing, either in this life or the next.
Tuesday Dedicated to Saint Anne
St. Anne obtains numerous favors for those who dedicate Tuesday to her honor. The Blessed Virgin is said to have revealed to different Saints that she wished them to practice special devotion in honor of her glorious mother each Tuesday.
An ancient tradition tells us that when St. Anne was about to die, Our Lord addressed her thus:
“Blessed art thou, My beloved grandparent! All who venerate thee shall have blessings for soul and body. If they invoke thee in their needs, I will hear them for thy name’s sake. Since thou dost die on a Tuesday, I appoint this day for thy honor, and I will grant the prayers of all who honor thee on this day.”
Various devotions may be practiced on Tuesdays. It will greatly please St. Anne if on this day we assist at Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion in her honor and offer it to God in thanksgiving for the prerogatives bestowed upon her. St. Gertrude beheld in a vision how pleasing it is to the Saints if we thank God for the graces He has bestowed upon them. It was revealed to her that those who do this will be adorned with the merits of the Saints they thus honor.
There is also another simple way by which we may show our veneration for St. Anne. We are told that she was very charitable and gave alms freely. It will give her great joy if we give alms in her honor on Tuesdays.
One may also pray the Hail Mary nine times in honor of the nine months during which she bore
the Immaculate Virgin Mary in her womb.
St Anne: the Miraculous Discovery of her relics
Sermon on the incredible discovery of her relics. How John, a boy deaf, mute and blind from birth, led the Emperor Charlemagne into the long-lost underground crypt in southern France where the relics of St. Ann, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, were buried.
Saints Anne and Joachim Supplicating to the Sacred Heart for the Holy Souls
(Source: Flickr / tachidin)
Recommendation to Saint Anne
Hail, O illustrious St. Anne, blessed among women because thou hadst the happiness of bearing in thy womb the holy and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God. I participate in the joy thou didst experience on giving birth to her and offering her in the Temple to the Eternal Father. I pray thee, good mother, to present me to thy well-beloved Daughter and to her Son, Jesus. Be my protectress and advocate with Jesus and Mary; be my intercessor, my refuge, my consolation. Amen.