Happy Feast Day of Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
May Our Lord Jesus and His Blessed Mother, by the patronage of Good St. Anne, overwhelm everyone in the Catholic world with the plenitude of every heavenly grace and blessing.[/size]The Virgins of the Order of Saint Savior, who dedicate Wednesdays to honor the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, congratulate Saint Anne in a very beautiful Responsory found in the Bridgettine Breviary, for having brought forth unto the world the beginning of our salvation:
℟. O blessed Mother Anne, thou coffer of the eternal King, Who in thee hath hidden a Treasure most well-pleasing unto Him, wherewith He hath endowed His only-begotten Son, enriched the poor: * And ransomed the wretched captives.
℣. O venerable Mother, do thou rejoice on account of thy most venerable Daughter, who as Virgin hath brought forth Him Who hath created all things, * And ransomed the wretched captives.
The Benedictines also congratulate this holy Matron in the following Responsory found in the Office for the 26th of July in the Breviarium Monasticum, wherein they honor both Sts. Anne and Joachim with a proper Office:
℟. O venerable Anne, noble and marvelously salutary is thy fruit, the Virgin Mary: * The Mother of the Lord, the comfort of the world, the refreshment of the weary, and the hope of wretches.
℣. Rejoice and be gladdened, O blessed mother, for thy Daughter is * The Mother of the Lord, the comfort of the world, the refreshment of the weary, and the hope of wretches.
What gratitude do we owe to Saint Anne, for bringing us Our Blessed Mother, and with her, Jesus our only Treasure!
From the tome Kyrie Eleison: Two Hundred Litanies with Historico-Liturgical Introduction and Notes by Rev. Fr. Benjamin Francis Musser, O.F.M. (Westminster, MD: The Newman Bookshop, 1944), here is a Litany in honor of St. Anne: