The Grandparents of Jesus

Feasts venerating the Virgin Mary occupy an entire season in the church calendar, with a special day reserved to honor her parents.

The Armenian Church styles her Sourp Asdvadzadzin: the “Holy Mother-of-God”—an almost cosmic title which has elicited reverent love from generations of Armenian Christians, and is honored as the name of many of our churches. In more common parlance she is St. Mary: the girl of humble piety who carried the Hope of the world within her body, and delivered Him as a baby in Bethlehem.

She began life as the child of a devout Hebrew couple, whose earnest prayer was answered with the birth of a precious daughter. Tuesday, August 25, marks the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Holy Virgin Mary—and the grandparents of our Lord Jesus Christ—who are remembered with honor in the Armenian Church.

The parents who guided Mary onto the path of holiness truly deserve to be celebrated—especially in the church season dedicated to the Holy Mother-of-God, which began last week with the Feast of the Holy Assumption.

Click on the following links to read more about the feasts of St. Mary, and to watch a “Bread and Salt” video about her spiritual significance in the Armenian Church.

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