Though they never appear in canonical Scripture, Sts. Joachim and Anne—the grandparents of Jesus—hold a place of great importance in the Church's tradition. Discover more about the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this episode of Catholic Saints with Mary McGeehan and Augustine Institute professor Dr. Carl Vennerstrom.
Discussion Question: Reflect on the role our Blessed Mother's parents played in salvation history by offering their daughter to the Lord. In what ways can you give yourself and your family to the Lord?
View Giotto's art of Sts. Anne and Joachim here:
Meeting of Sts. Joachim and Anne at the Golden Gate
The Presentation of Mary in the Temple
View the whole collection of Giotto's Life of the Virgin here.