The Feast Day of St Joachim and St Anne,
the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God,
the Immaculate Conception
St Anne is particularly venerated in Brittany because there is evidence that the Celtic Bretons are descended from the same race as St Anne who was a Galatian, said to be the ancestors of the Gauls and the Bretons.
Many Catholic girls have been named Mary-Anne, Marie-Anne or Marianna, which is a combination of the names of St Anne and the Blessed Virgin.
St Joachim and St Anne, pray for us!