Saints Joachim and Anne, Grandparents of Jesus


All our information concerning the names and lives of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and grandparents of Our Lord, is derived from apocryphal literature, the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary, the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and the Protoevangelium of James.

Though the earliest form of the latter, on which directly or indirectly the other two seem to be based, goes back to about A.D. 150, we can hardly accept as beyond doubt its various statements on its sole authority. In the East the Protoevangelium had great authority and portions of it were read on the feasts of Mary by the Greeks, Syrians, Copts, and Arabians. In the West, however, it was rejected by the Fathers of the Church until its contents were incorporated by Jacobus de Voragine in his “Golden Legend” in the thirteenth century. From that time on the story of St. Anne spread over the West and was amply developed, until St. Anne became one of the most popular saints also of the Latin Church.

The Protoevangelium gives the following account: In Nazareth there lived a rich and pious couple, Joachim and Anne. They were childless. When on a feast day Joachim presented himself to offer sacrifice in the temple, he was repulsed by a certain Ruben, under the pretext that men without offspring were unworthy to be admitted. Whereupon Joachim, bowed down with grief, did not return home, but went into the mountains to make his plaint to God in solitude.

Also Anne, having learned the reason of the prolonged absence of her husband, cried to the Lord to take away from her the curse of sterility, promising to dedicate her child to the service of God. Their prayers were heard; an angel came to Hannah and said: “Anne, the Lord has looked upon thy tears; thou shalt conceive and give birth and the fruit of thy womb shall be blessed by all the world”. The angel made the same promise to Joachim, who returned to his wife. Hannah gave birth to a daughter whom she called Miriam (Mary).



  1. If you want to know more about St Joachim & Ann, then read this wonderful series of books (approved by the church and obtain through Tan Books) “The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations” by Anne Catherine Emmerich. Totally worth the price of the books! Makes you want to read Scripture more!

  2. nice to know a little story about the parents of mama mary. I attended mass on their feast, and asked guidance from them so that can I be a good parent to my children. thanks!

    • tnx for the’s good to know how they were blessed with a child…may we learn and continue increase our faith in the almigthy Father…

  3. Jesus’ background is of the saint, never knew and thought Mary mother of Jesus is the only child of her parent and since Jesus Christ is the only child of Joseph and Mary, that means their generation end there

    • Mary & Joseph had James, John and Jose I believe, and Jesus also had several natural not step or older siblings (all born after Jesus) in fact James Jesus Brother was Myrtred in 44 AD, he was the head of the Jerusalem Church! Peter reported to the Jerusalem Council which made him (Peter) subsurbiant to James MAKING JAMES & NOT PETER the first Pope & Leader of the Christian Church. All references found in Matthew, Mark, Like, John and The Acts of the Apostles in the Bible.

      • Gary…………Sorry Gary, but you are wrong! You need to do more studying. What you have learned, so far, is totally wrong. Jesus never had any biological siblings. The Virgin Mary stayed chaste, all her earthly life. Joseph was a much older man, and he knew the Virgin body was carrying God the Son, in His Humanity. And, Jesus Himself named Peter, (the Rock) and made him 1st Pope of the Catholic Church. You must be a Presbyterian, because, I do believe that religion says James was the first Pope. James wasn’t even called “pope”, and has not been called pope, to this day. There hasn’t even been a pope, that took the name of James, to this day. So buttercup, you need to read much, much more, and get your facts straight.

  4. This article makes it appear that Mary was the only child of Joachim and Anne. They had an older daughter, named Mary Heli, who was the mother of Mary Cleophas. There were 20 years between the births of their two daughters.

  5. Interesting read the various views but I DO BELIEVE THAT MARY WAS THE ONLY CHILD OF STS JOACHIM AND
    ANNE you know its good to have the different vies but it can be quite puzzling for those who are still uncertain about their faith