St. Anne is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is not mentioned by name in the Bible, but we know of her through other early Christian writings.
We are told that Anne, the wife of Joachim, was advanced in years before her prayers for a child was answered. An angel appeared to her and told that she would conceive a child who ' shall be spoken of in all the world.'
We celebrate her feast day on July 26th each year.
St. Anne is the patron saint of equestrians, housewives, women in labour, cabinet-makers and miners.
The following is the Novena to St. Anne, which is said for 9 days in a row, starting on the 17th July and ending on the 25th July, the eve of the Feast of St. Anne.
O glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I commended to thee.
Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee and Mary and all the saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity.