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Ancester of Christ, AnnAncester of Christ, Ann

The Ancester of Christ, Ann is the mother of The Theotokos and is the grandmother according to the flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.

Biography

25 July and 9 September - The Ancester of Christ, Ann is the mother of The Theotokos. Her husband is The Ancester of Christ, Joachim. The Ancesters of Christ, Ann and Joachim are the grandparents according to the flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Theotokos' birth saved her elderly parents, The Ancesters of Christ, Anne and Joachim, from the shame of having no children. This birth was a sign of Holy God's merciful love.

From The Theotokos's birth, her parents dedicated her to the service of Holy God.
When The Theotokos grew older, she served Holy God and also the whole human race by agreeing to give birth to the Incarnate Word and Son of God, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. The agreement is commemorated at the Great Feast of The Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Saint Ann

The Melkite Greek Catholic Church declared that The Ancester of Christ, Ann was a Saint. She is also called "Holy Ann."

Feast Days

25 July - The Dormition of Holy Ann, the Mother of The Theotokos

9 September - Second Day of Celebration of the Great Feast of the Nativity of The Theotokos; commemoration of The Ancesters of Christ, Joachim and Ann

Troparion

25 July - The Dormition of Holy Ann, the Mother of The Theotokos (TONE 4)
O divinely wise Anne, you carried in your womb the Mother of God, the Immaculate One who gave life to Life. Wherefore you now have been carried up joyfully to the inheritance of heaven, the abode of those who rejoice in glory. O ever-blessed one, you seek the forgiveness of sins for those who honor you with fervor.

Name in Languages

Arabic - 3 answers

  • (Literary) "Hannah / Hanneh", (Colloquial) "Hanny / Hannee"
    The capital H being a guttural h as in the adjective "Hanoon", meaning merciful or compassionate or in the word "Haleeb" meaning milk or "Hadeed" meaning iron. The is no corresponding sound to Haa' in Enlish. Someone should pronounce this word in front of you to give you an idea how to pronounce it.
  • "Al-Qiddissah / Qideesa Hannah / Hanneh"" means "The Saint Ann". The word "Al-Qiddissah / Qideesa" means "The Saint". The word "Hannah / Hanneh" means "Ann".
  • "Qiddissah / Qideesa Hanny / Hannee" means "Saint Ann". The word "Qiddissah / Qideesa" means "Saint". The word "Hannee" means "Ann".

Hebrew

"Hannah"

English

"Ann" is also spelled "Anne".

German and Spanish

"Anna"

Name Meaning

"Hannah" / "Hanneh", "Hanny" / / "Hannee" / "Ann" / "Anne" / "Anna" means "grace" or "the gracious one".

The Ancester of Christ, Ann's Home in Jerusalem and St. Anne Seminary

Supposely, the Jerusalem home of the parents of The Theotokos , The Ancesters of Christ, Ann and Joachim, was near the Pool of Bethesda.

St. Anne Seminary was located on the grounds of the the "White Fathers" or "The Society of Missionaries of Africa"property on the “Via Dolorosa” near "Lion's Gate" / "St. Stephen's Gate" / "Bab al-Asbat". This complex includes “St. Anne’s Church”, which was built on the traditional site of The Theotokos’ childhood home, and the “Pools of Bethesda”, which is the traditional site of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ curing the paralyzed man. (Jn. 5: 1-15)

Paper

Saint Ann, Patroness of Our Community Saint Ann's Melkite Catholic Church, West Patterson, NJ

More information

The Holy Ancestors of Christ, Joachim & Anna Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

St. Anne Catholic Encyclopedia

Ikon

St. Anne Catholic Encyclopedia


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