When Was Saint Anne Born?

Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus, was born in Bethlehem. According to legend, she was believed to have been born in the 1st century B.C.; however. it is unknown where and when she died.

The First Gospel of James stats that Anne’s husband Joachim was sterile, and that she prayed to God to be able to conceive. She promised that her child would serve God, if God would grant her a baby. Eventually, Anne gave birth to Mary. When Mary was three, Anne and Joachim had her brought up at the Temple at Jerusalem, fulfilling Anne’s promise to God.

Anne’s Hebrew name is Hannah and she is patron saint of women in labor and the patron saint of Canada. Her feast day is on July 26.