According to tradition, Anna, the grandmother of Jesus, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim, for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. Mary, the Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, when she was living in the Temple (see Sept. 8 and Nov. 21). Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth.
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Earlier Event: July 22Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles
Later Event: July 26Paraskeve the Righteous Martyr of Rome