Dormition of Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Date of celebration: 25/07
Saint Anna, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, came from the tribe of Levi. Her father, who was a priest, was called Matthan and he was a priest during the reign of Cleopatra. And her mother was called Maria.
Anna also had two sisters, the one with the same name as her mother Maria and Sovin. And Mary, who married in Bethlehem, had a daughter, Salome the midwife, and Sobi, who also married in Bethlehem, Elizabeth. Finally, Saint Anna, who married Joachim in Galilee, gave birth to the Virgin Mary.
Saint Anna was claimed to have the great honor and happiness of having an only daughter, the mother of the Savior of the world. After Saint Anne weaned the Virgin Mary and dedicated her to God, she spent the rest of her life fasting, praying and almsgiving to the poor. Finally, she peacefully surrendered her righteous soul to God, inheriting eternal goods. Because the Lord himself assured that “the righteous are sent to eternal life” (Matthew, verse 46). The righteous, that is, will pass on to enjoy eternal life.
Pericalli built a temple in honor of Saint Anna in Constantinople around 550 AD. the emperor Justinian. A relic of the Saint exists in the hermitage of Saint Anna.