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Ave Maria 

Ave Maria, Latin for Hail Mary, are the first two words of a prayer said by thousands of Catholics each day.  Mary is shown here as a young girl listening to her mother, St. Anne.  Almost all that is known about Anne and her husband Joachim comes to us through legend.  One such legend has it that an angel visited Anne to announce that she was to have a child after years of childlessness.  Anne made a promise to dedicate this child to God.

Although not much is known about Anne, she and Joachim are honored by the church for being the parents of Mary who nurtured her and taught her so that she could become the Mother of God.  It was their faith in God that became the foundation for Mary to endure the death of her son on the cross and to continue to believe.

The Feast of St. Anne and St Joachim is celebrated on July 26th. 

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