According to tradition, Anna, the grandmother of God, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim,for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. The Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, while she was living in the temple.
Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth. The Canon to Saints Joachim and Anna is served especially for all women who are pregnant, for their health and safe delivery, and for all childless couples who desire to have a child.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
O Godly-minded Anna, thou didst give birth unto God’s pure Mother who conceived Him Who is our Life. Wherefore, thou hast now passed with joy to thy heavenly rest, wherein is the abode of them that rejoice in glory; and thou askest forgiveness of sins for them that honour thee with love, O ever-blessed one.
Kontakion in the Second Tone
We celebrate now the mem’ry of Christ’s ancestors, while asking their help with faith, that we may all be saved from all manner of tribulation as we fervently cry aloud: Be thou with us, O Lord our God, Whose pleasure it was to glorify them both.