St.Anne & St. Joachim
The New Testament contains no specific information about the lives of the Virgin Mary's parents, but certain apocryphal writings do provide some details. Although these writings are not considered authoritative in the same manner as the Bible, they outline some of the Church's traditional beliefs about Joachim, Anne and their daughter.
Although Saints Anne and Joachiam shared a wealthy and devout life at Nazareth, they eventually lamented their childlessness. Joachim and Anne began to devote themselves to rigorous prayer and fasting, in isolation from one another and from society. Joachim, reproached at the Temple for his sterility, retreated into the countryside to pray, while Anne, grieved by his disappearance and by her barrenness, solemnly promised God that, if given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord’s service.
Both received the vision of an angel, who announced that Anne would conceive and bear a most wondrous child. The couple rejoiced at the birth of their daughter, whom Anne named Mary. When the child was three years old, Joachim and Anne, in fulfillment of her divine promise, brought Mary to the Temple of Jerusalem, where they left her to be brought up.
In July, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the parents of the Virgin Mary, Saints Anne and Joachim. The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would later give birth to Christ our saviour.
The Marriage of Anna and Joachim, from the Visconti Hours (late 14th century). Biblioteca Nazionale, Florence