Saturday, 16 August 2008

First day within the Octave of the Assumption; feast of St Joachim

Well OK, it isn't technically the octave of the Assumption in either the 1962 or novus ordo calendars, but it should be! And the modern calendar, perhaps reflecting some angst about the historical evidence for St Joachim that has arisen from time to time, even abolishes the ancient tradition of celebrating the feast day of Our Lady's father separately to St Anne.

Pope Leo XIII, though, according to Dom Gueranger, said that 'Ecclesiasticus teaches us that we ought to praise our fathers in their generation; what great honour and veneration ought we then to render to St Joachim and St Anne, who begot the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and are on that account more glorious than all others.'
An important feast too, in honouring the ideal of married love and the importance of the family.

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