Collection: St. Anna the Prophetess

ARTIST: Louis Glanzman


"There was also a certain prophetess, Anna by name, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had seen many days, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She was constantly in the temple, worshiping day and night in fasting and prayer. Coming on the scene at this moment, she gave thanks to God and talked about the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem."
(Luke 2:36-38)

Her feast day is September 1.

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Anna was Jewish and the daughter of Phanuel, tribe of Aser. She was married at age fourteen; widowed at twenty-one. At age 72 she was charged with the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Temple from her presentation there at age three until her betrothal to St. Joseph. She was in attendance at the Temple when Jesus was presented. Having all her life believed in the prophecies of the Old Testament, she was the only woman in the Temple to greet Jesus.

Born: 1st century BC

Died: 1st century of natural causes

Name Meaning: Gracious one; grace (= Anne)