Our Patron Saint
Most Episcopal churches are traditionally named for saints or feasts on the Church calendar. You’ve heard of St. Paul, St. Patrick, and St. Nicholas, and may have even seen some churches named for them. Chances are you’ve never heard of St. Anne, though. Why? Because, well, she’s a little fictitious.
The Legend of St. Anne
Long ago, devout Christians began to wonder, “What were Mary’s parents–the grandparents of Jesus–like?” Legends ultimately emerged, and Mary’s parents were given the names of Anne and Joachim, an elderly couple who longed for a child. As the story goes, one day an angel answered their prayers and said, “The Lord has looked with favor on your tears. You will conceive and give birth, and the fruit of your womb shall be blessed by all the world.” They didn’t know it when they first held Mary in their arms, but they were holding the very person through whom God would bring his only Son into our world.
Why Name a Church After Her?
Even if the details of Anne’s story are a good bit off from historical reality, the example of St. Anne actually describes our church well. St. Anne gave Mary to the world, and Mary gave Jesus. At St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, we seek to do the same thing. Like Anne, we nurture people within our walls to live loving, giving, faithful, compassionate, sincere lives. In living those lives, our members, like Mary, bring Christ into the world every day. We do not pray to or worship Anne (or Mary for that matter), but we look to her example as we strive to serve God in faithfulness and love.
St. Anne’s Feast Day
We celebrate Anne and Joachim’s feast day each year on the Sunday closest to July 26.